Nigel Cooke | the artist
The artist Nigel Cooke
Born 1973, Manchester, UK.
Lives and works in London, .
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Nigel Cooke paints vast, elaborate, entropic landscapes. Littered with the rubble of abandoned buildings, severed heads, skulls and insects, Cooke creates a mesmerising, nightmare-ish view of the world that is both familiar and alien, composed and chaotic…
I'm interested in the history of painting as a kind of dictionary of ideals that I'm trying to ransack as completely as possible. I want all the characteristics of painting, from the retarded to the sophisticated, to be simultaneously represented, as though the whole past lives of the medium were flashing before its eyes…
Cookes work combines painting conventions of the past with the illustrative styles of street art and childrens books to create obsessively detailed fictional scenes…
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