Columbus-Inspired Alumni Spotlighted in Local Arts Mag

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Alumna Amanda Hope Cook. Photo courtesy "Columbus Alive." Photo by Meghan Ralston.

Alumni Christopher Burk and Amanda Hope Cook are two of the three artists included in Columbus Alive magazine's latest round-up of local creatives. The article, included in the June 5 edition, is part of a series about how the people, scenery, signage, architecture, and landscaping of Columbus inspire local artists to create.

Burk (Fine Arts 1999) and Cook (Illustration 1999) are painters whose work shares a theme: the urban landscape.

Burk's paintings depict Columbus landscapes, often from an unusual viewpoint or angle.

“I like to give the viewer a different perspective," said Burk in the article. "I’ve always been really drawn to the urban landscape, and the majority of people only look at what’s eye-level … not looking at a transformer as a thing of beauty.”

Cook looks to Columbus signage as inspiration for her paintings. She's captured many of the city's well-known icons including Rife’s Market in Grandview, R & R Bait in the Brewery District, and the Drexel Theatre in Bexley.

Photo by Megan Ralston.

Alumnus Christopher Burk. Photo courtesy "Columbus Alive." Photo by Meghan Ralston.

"The paintings stun by capturing every last detail; shadow work and three-dimensional depth making each one seem like a photograph," wrote Alive reporter Jesse Tigges in the article.

Cook's latest work was recently in a solo exhibition titled C-Bus at Sharon Weiss Gallery

Burk is from Galloway, OH, and attended Westland High School. Cook is from Goodlettsville, TN, and attended Hunters Lane High School.