Tony Cook


Tony Cook was an artist, craftsman, draftsman, stonemason and mud brick home builder. His interest in architecture began in the early 1960s while studying art at Prahran Technical College. Before finishing his diploma, he began working as a labourer with stone, fixing up cottages in Fitzroy and Carlton. ‘Cooky’ moved to Chewton in 1972 and left a legacy of fine stonework and mudbrick houses throughout the bush.

In the early 1980s, Cooky took up art again at Graeme Dawes’ evening life-drawing classes at Castlemaine Technical College. He began working with pastel, then tried painting. He built a stone studio on the back of a train carriage in the Chewton bush where he constructed large abstract colourful acrylic and oil paintings.

Painting, for Tony, was about movement – he loved to dance – and the bush and sky were also inspirational. He also made, and painted on, folding timber panel screens, and carved solid tables, in tree shapes, mostly using big slabs of timber from old woollen mills and wharves.

Cooky worked tirelessly as an exhibition organiser for Castlemaine Artists Co-Op/Inc. He was president in 1986.

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