Representing Leading Artists In Entertainment, Movies, Video Games, Urban Lifestyle and Comics
16th November 2011. Utrecht, Netherlands. Art dealership Cook & Becker, today announced the opening of its new online gallery for unique and limited edition art from artists working in computer & video games, movies, urban lifestyle and the broader design industries.
Complemented by a physical exhibition space in Utrecht the real-world and online destinations open today. Cook & Becker aims to curate and sell exclusive collections from some of the world’s leading digital artists, who are defining and shaping our time and culture.
The gallery opens with collections from artists including Jesse van Dijk, Maciej Kuciara, Keita Takahashi, Masaya Matsuura (NanaOn-Sha), and studios such as Guerrilla Games. To be followed by the personal works of other industry luminaries and studios. Their works will be available as uniques or limited edition Certified Art Giclées™ of museum-grade quality and supplied with a lifetime guarantee.
“At Cook & Becker we identified a growing disconnect between the traditional art world and a new generation of artists, art buyers and collectors. It is undeniable that some of the best and most influential artists are working within the entertainment and design industries. Also this new group of autonomous and post-autonomous artistic talent often works completely digital” said Maarten Brands, co-founder of Cook& Becker. “We wanted to do something with this. These types of art have not yet been represented well enough. Something we aim to rectify with truly some of the best international artists working in these spaces.” Cook & Becker has the support of people from the fine arts community as well as artists such Daniel Dociu and bafta winner & Zenimax Visual Design Director, Viktor Antonov. Viktor Antonov added, “The pre-production in games is the creative process in which designers, architects and illustrators push the boundaries of fiction as far as possible.
For me the best pieces of this process, the ‘concept illustrations’ are complete projects as valuable as the final product – film or game because they represent ideas in their purest form, without industrial or financial constraints.” Cook & Becker’s launch collection will feature limited edition and unique art from leading concept artists including:
• Jesse van Dijk – Concept artist at Bungie Studios, Credits include Killzone 3 and several movie projects, 2011 ‘Into The Pixel’ winner • Maciej Kuciara. Concept Artist at Naughty Dog Inc.. Credits include Crysis 1 & 2 and several movie projects • Julien Renoult - Art Director, Character & Concept Artist. Credits include Renaissance, The Colony and Team Fortress 2 • Roman van der Haven. Autonomous illustrator and character artist. Clients include Nintendo and several game development studios and ad-agency’s. • Guerrilla Games – Developers of Award winning Killzone franchise • Matsuura Masaya – Widely regarded as the ‘Father of the rhythm action’ genre, credits include: Parappa the Rapper, Vib Ribbon, Um Jammer Lammy
Alison Beasley, Lincoln Beasley PR
E: Alison@lincolnbeasley.co.uk T: +44 (0) 7966 449 130
About Cook & Becker
Founded in 2011 and based in Utrecht, Netherlands, Cook & Becker specializes in art and artists that represent the very best from the international computer & video games, film, entertainment and urban lifestyle industries. We exhibit and sell exclusive works from known artists, illustrators, concept artists, designers, urban/street artists and photographers from around the world. Visit the gallery’s online gallery and store: www.candb.com or contact the gallery directly at www.cookandbecker.com