Martin Cook comes from a family of carvers dating back to 1730. He has worked with Memorials By Artists since its inception. He works with his son Matthew and makes carved memorials, benches, sundials, standing stones and many other interesting pieces out of stone, wood and glass.
His workshop is at his Buckinghamshire farmhouse home where his studio has a friendly, creative and welcoming atmosphere. His most prestigious commission to date is the lettercarving to the Great Court of The British Museum. Memorials: When Martin's studio makes a memorial the aim is to celebrate the life of the individual concerned. The success of the piece depends on drawing out the client's ideas and turning them into reality. It is a process that many clients find therapeutic and worthwhile. The result is a unique memorial that could not be achieved by the now widely used mass production techniques of the memorial factories. CV: Martin Cook was born in London in 1958 and comes from a family with a long history of stone carvers and artists dating back to 1730.
Martin originally trained with stone sculptor, Alec Peever, in the late 1980s. In 1990, he assisted Michael Harvey with carvings at the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery. In 1994 he set up his own workshop and gained a growing reputation as one of the country’s leading stone carvers and letter designers. He now concentrates on his own sculptured carvings and private commissions. In 2000, Martin was approached by Sir Norman Foster and subsequently commissioned by the British Museum to design and carve lettering for the Great Court of the British Museum. Also in 2000, Martin was featured in the BBC’s One Foot in the Past. He was asked to create an obelisk, which now stands in the gardens of Lady Lucinda Lambton’s house. In May 2006 and 2007, Martin exhibited pieces of work at Chelsea Flower Show and received a ‘Commendation for Display.’ Commissions Include:- ·Carvings for HRH Prince of Wales at Highgrove House. ·Waddesdon Manor for Lord Rothschild. ·Great Court, British Museum. ·Carved signage for HM Treasury Building. ·
Carving of lettering and doves for Bali Bombing Memorial, London. ·Commemorative plaques unveiled by members of the Royal Family. ·Collaborations with Scottish Artist, Ian Hamilton Finlay. ·Plaques at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. ·Standing stone for Eric Cass’ private art collection. ·Roman girl carving at Gerkin Building for Sir Norman Foster in 2007. ·Stone and wood carving for John Keats Monument at Guy’s Hospital. ·Commemorative carved stone and slate table (2.3m diameter,) Tyringham Hall. Exhibitions:- Martin has exhibited widely including:- ·Letter Exhange exhibition, London 2002. ·Wolesey Fine Art, Notting Hill, 2003 & 2005. ·Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames, 2001 & 2004. ·Chelsea Flower Show, 2006 & 2007. ·The Long Room Gallery, Steventon, 2007.