Many people who have an artistic talent tend to have something that is very specific. They may follow that type of talent or continue to hone their abilities over the course of their lifetime. This may mean that they are someone who enjoys painting fruit or perhaps taking pictures of sunsets.
At times, the ability of the artist may also be something unusual and perhaps even unique. That includes what James Cook is able to do. He’s an artist that is based in the UK and he is responsible for what is known as typewriter art. Yes, he creates beautiful landscapes and cityscapes by only using the characters on a common keyboard typewriter.
Cook has a substantial collection of vintage typewriters and he uses them to create the illustrations, which are known as “typictions.” He is so talented at what he does that he even has his work on display at a show in Finchingfield, England. That show, on display at the Wonky Wheel Gallery, features a lot of his work from the Essex countryside.
Like many artists that paint or sketch while looking at the focus of the art piece, Cook also takes his typewriter with him to create the different pieces. It may take him up to 30 hours to create one of the pictures, but when you see them for yourself, you will have to admit that it is well worth the time.
Cook talks about the work that he does, saying: “Whilst most of my work is straightforward by its frame of reference, the use of perspective and concept of concealing information plays an important role in how the drawings are observed by the viewer.” He went on to talk about some hidden messages that are included in some of the newer works that you have to be close to in order to see.
Check out some of his work from Instagram below:
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