Paint dripping by Nigel Cooke

Nigel Cooke has the talent and ability to paint a scene with an intense amount of detail using his own stylistic technique. Whilst his work ranges from serious cityscapes to comical characters his use of colour muted to create a deep sense of contrast. Cooke’s work echoes his years of creative experience whilst his dripped paint approach gives texture and a three dimensional finish. ‘New York’ by Nigel Cooke is a particularly captivating piece, as it doesn’t look at New York from a speculating tourist point of view, it pushes past our assumptions of New York, and delivers something fresh and almost gritty.

New York by Nigel Cooke

New York by Nigel Cooke

“My art is mainly humorous figurative paintings of people interacting… Naturally this has its foundations in my lifelong dedication to portraiture, caricature, humorous illustration and character design.”

New York by Nigel Cooke - detail

New York by Nigel Cooke - detail

Born in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, Nigel Cooke joined the Marchant Navy after leaving school and subsequently has held a number of jobs on the road to becoming a full time artist. He sold his first painting at the age of 14 and joined Butlins as their resident caricaturist and entertainer in 1992.

Homeward Bound by Nigel Cooke

Homeward Bound by Nigel Cooke

He later went onto open caricature concessions on Blackpool’s ‘Central Pier’ and ‘Pleasure Beach’, the ‘Trafford Centre Mall’ in Manchester and Alton Towers. During this time he estimates the number of caricatures completed from live sittings to be in excess of 50,000. He has also worked as a character designer for the Hong Kong based C.I.M. International and remains a member of the National Caricature Network in the USA, a body he joined in 1996.

Homeward Bound by Nigel Cooke - Detail

Homeward Bound by Nigel Cooke - Detail

For more information about Nigel Cooke and his work visit

Nigel Cooke originals at Artworx Gallery

Alternatively call 01543 502971 or email
Artworx Gallery Unit 9A, The Cedars Business Park, Avon Road, Cannock WS11 1QJ.

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