Jim Kook - Ashby Saint Eve

Jim Kook - Ashby Saint Eve


I’m a self-taught portrait artist living in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England. I was born in 1968 in pleasant Enfield, north London. My mum was a portrait, landscape, pet and still life painter and I'd regularly go to Bayswater Road as a kiddie, to be with Dad as he displayed her work on the railings. I would wander up and down the road looking at all the artist's work and always liked those really tacky and brightly coloured paintings of London landmarks on black velvet, the crying clown acrylics and carved wooden fairy faces.

I went to Boarding Schools from the age of 8-16, they were fun, and best of all, both the ones I went to had great art blocks with loads of interesting materials to experiment with. Senior school was in the Cotswolds, where I did "O" and "A" level art, and was when I officially sold my very first work - an oil copy of an impressionist portrait of a woman in a bonnet and I remember using a lot of mum's expensive cadmium yellow oil paint. I can't remember the artist and I can't find the original but I do remember I sold it for a packet of Craven "A" smokes which I shared with my mate Spike.

Whilst I wanted to go to art school, I instead opted for a much more stable career - I went to theatre school.

After my acting degree, I joined an indie guitar band. We were awesome - if you so desire, just look on the worldwide interweb for The Sway.

16 years later, I went to live in France in an area known as the Limousin, where I learned to build and renovate houses and sculpting! I exhibited at regular markets and sold quite a few religious sculpture portraits on wood.

For my day job I sell media advertising and it has helped support a wonderful family with my ever patient wife and two of the most amazing kids possible.

In my spare time I paint celebrity portraits and I've had the pleasure of creating and meeting John Barnes, Gazza, Vinnie Jones, Stuart Pearce, Ryan Giggs, Tyson Fury, Tony Bellew and Joe Calzaghe.

Further commissioned works include Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Frank Bruno and Alistair Cook.

I work mainly in acrylics and ink, using an adapted Zorn Palette of 4 colours, Titanium White, Yellow Ochre, Indigo (blue black) and Burnt Sienna.
I'm available for all commissioned work - portraits, families and pets.

Jim Kook