Dawn Cooke has been on the scene in Detroit as an illustrator and tattoo artist for over twenty years. She has uniquely marked individuals from every walk of life. Dawn is the owner of Harlequin Tattoo in Hamtramck, a graduate from CCS and currently maintains a studio practice at H.A.T.C.H. artist collective. She has shown work both locally and nationally. Her painting skill set landed her a Lennawee county judicial portrait commission in 2015. She’s won awards for her paintings and has been featured in several publications including a 2018 feature with Beautiful Bizarre Magazine. Her art is imaginative, stylized, and expressive. Her figurative paintings explore themes of magic and mystery through a study the female form. Her work often speaks to us about the ideal of feminine beauty with the undertone of a twisted psychology. Sickly, and cute, sexy and grotesque, Her work will inspire something visceral in viewers.
"I think of my work as overly indulgent eye candy, bastardized by the filth of consumerism and the mesmerizing affect of the internet and social media. I often feel like I’m documenting a psycho-social experiment that explores the way our social environment impacts the psyche. The elements are all swirling around inside my brain like a snail shell, the galaxy, DNA, and the golden ratio."