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City LivingBy Nigel Cooke

The intense colours and dramatic textural juxtapositions displayed in the work of Nigel Cooke have established him as the quintessential artist of the cityscape genre.


Nigel travelled extensively around the world as a caricature artist, and these travels inspired him to begin painting, elevating his illustrative style into fine art and creating his unique vision of the urban landscape onto the canvas.

Nigel’s unmistakable style has clearly been influenced by Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollock and his distinctive drip paint technique. At first glance, it may look like a simplistic approach, but in fact, it is a remarkably complex form of paint application that requires a great deal of practice and control. The legacy of Pollock has been translated into visionary contemporary cityscapes at the hands of Nigel Cooke, as he creates beautifully textured scenes that have intricate, layered details. This layering is an important aspect of Nigel’s work: the layers create a surface patternation that is independent of its subject matter, and this allows the eye to travel freely across the canvas which offers both a remarkable sense of depth and a certain serenity to the work.

The fluidity of the paint juxtaposed with the rigidity of the buildings fuse together to create cityscapes that are vibrant, striking, and dynamic. The mood and ambiance of the city are captured beautifully; the energy of city life radiates from the canvas, and the accuracy of the iconic architecture is secondary to the vibe of the hustle and bustle of the iconic cities that Nigel portrays.

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