Born in Cheshire, England, in 1931, Barrie Cooke moved to the US as teenager and studied Art History at Harvard University. He moved to Ireland in 1954 and held his first solo exhibition in Dublin the following year. Though he has been based in Ireland ever since, he is widely traveled and his richly expressionist, semi-abstract paintings have been strongly influenced by time spent in places such as Lapland, New Zealand, Borneo and Malaya. He has exhibited widely throughout Europe, the US and Canada. Major retrospectives include shows in the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin; Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Holland; LAC, Perpignan, France; RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin and most recently at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in 2011 to coincide with his 80th birthday. His work is represented in the collections of the Irish Museum of Modern Art; Ulster Museum; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Holland and many other public and private collections worldwide. Barrie Cooke is a member of Aosdána.