Nigel Cooke, Love, 2019, oil and acrylic on linen, 88-9/16" × 64-9/16" (224.9 cm × 164 cm) © Nigel Cooke Nigel Cooke Detailsb. 1973, Manchester, United KingdomConnectnigelcooke.net@nigelcookestudio Nigel Cooke is known for his evocative paintings which blend personal memories with art historical influences, classical themes with abstract interpretations of the natural world.Executed with a masterful array of techniques and applications of paint, these atmospheric and often epic compositions weave figures and environments together, reflecting a complex interplay of memory, chance, and intuition. The figures that appear in them are not portraits of individuals but hybrids of many—combinations of found photographs, observation, and invention.While constructed in spatial layers corresponding to features of landscape—including areas of sky, architecture, geology and plant and animal life—the paintings balance that figuration with abstract techniques and sensibilities that distort the language and the surface of the image. Cooke uses ambiguity and fragmentation as strategies in his work, collapsing the distinction between genres such as abstraction, figuration, landscape, and still life. Nigel Cooke, Actaeon, 2019, oil and acrylic on linen, 88-9/16" × 64-9/16" (224.9 cm × 164 cm) © Nigel Cooke Nigel Cooke, Madrid, 2019, oil and acrylic on linen, 88-9/16" × 64-9/16" (224.9 cm × 164 cm) © Nigel Cooke Nigel Cooke, Watching, 2019, oil and acrylic on linen,88-9/16" × 64-9/16" (224.9 cm × 164 cm) © Nigel Cooke Nigel Cooke, Lovers in the Medici Garden, 2018, oil on linen backed with sailcloth, approximately 230 cm × 220 cm × 5 cm (90-9/16" × 86-5/8" × 1-15/16") © Nigel Cooke Nigel Cooke, Sunset Bathers, 2018, oil on linen backed with sailcloth, 230 cm × 220 cm × 5 cm (90-9/16" × 86-5/8" × 1-15/16") © Nigel Cooke Nigel Cooke, Artist's Garden 2, 2018, oil on linen, 220 cm × 205 cm × 5 cm (86-5/8" × 80-11/16" × 1-15/16") © Nigel Cooke Nigel Cooke, Deer in Fall, 2018, oil on linen, 232 cm × 180 cm × 5 cm (91-5/16" × 70-7/8" × 1-15/16") © Nigel Cooke Exhibitions View All New York Nigel Cooke New Paintings Past Jan 31–Feb 29, 2020 Hong Kong Nigel Cooke Past Nov 23, 2018–Jan 4, 2019 London Nigel Cooke Roman Willow Past Sep 21–Oct 22, 2016 Journal View All Essays Dan Fox on Nigel Cooke's Recent Works May 15, 2020 Exhibitions Announcing A New Series of Online Exhibitions Apr 20, 2020 Video Nigel Cooke Discusses His Latest Works Feb 04, 2020 One-Artist Exhibitions Group Exhibitions Public Collections Periodicals Books and Catalogues Close Nigel CookeOne-Artist Exhibitions Nigel Cooke One-Artist Exhibitions DatesBorn 1973, ManchesterLives and works in London and KentEducation1991–1994, Nottingham Trent University, B.A.1995–1997, Royal College of Art, London, M.A.1999–2004, Goldsmith’s College, London, Ph.D.2020Online: Nigel Cooke, Pace Gallery, May 15–June 2, 2020.Nigel Cooke: New Paintings, Pace Gallery, Quai des Bergues 15-17, 1201, Geneva, March 27–April 30, 2020.Nigel Cooke: New Paintings, Pace Gallery, 540 West 25th Street, January 31–February 29, 2020. (Booklet)2019Nigel Cooke: Spring in Fialta, Buchmann Galerie, Berlin, April 26–June 29, 2019.2018Nigel Cooke, Pace Gallery, 12/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, November 23, 2018–January 4, 2019.2016Nigel Cooke: Roman Willow, Pace London, 6 Burlington Gardens, September 21–October 22, 2016. (Catalogue)2015Nigel Cooke: Black Mimosa, Pace Gallery, 510 West 25th Street, New York, September 18–October 24, 2015. (Catalogue)2013Nigel Cooke, Stuart Shave Modern Art, London, October 15–November 16, 2013.Nigel Cooke, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, May 31–July 17, 2013.2012Nigel Cooke, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, March 31–May 18, 2012. (Catalogue)2011Nigel Cooke, Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas, October 21, 2011–February 18, 2012.Nigel Cooke, Blum and Poe, Los Angeles, January 8–February 12, 2011.2010Nigel Cooke: Night Crossing, Stuart Shave Modern Art, London, April 30–May 29, 2010.2009Nigel Cooke, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, April 24–May 30, 2009.2008Nigel Cooke: New Accursed Art Club, Stuart Shave Modern Art, London, April 25–May 25, 2008.2007Nigel Cooke, Moderna Museet, Sweden, June 1–July 15, 2007.2006Nigel Cooke: Dead Painter, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, November 10–December 9, 2006. (Catalogue)Focus: Nigel Cooke, Modern Art Museum, Ft. Worth, October 22–November 26, 2006.Nigel Cooke: A Portrait of Everything, South London Gallery, March 30–May 14, 2006. (Catalogue)2005Nigel Cooke, Modern Art, London, June 2–July 3, 2005.2004Nigel Cooke, Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio, April–August 2004.Nigel Cooke, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, April 9–May 15, 2004.Art Now: Nigel Cooke, Tate Britain, London, February 6–March 28, 2004.2002Nigel Cooke, Modern Art, London, March 8–April 21, 2002. (Catalogue)2000Nigel Cooke, Chapman Fine Arts, London, November 17–December 20, 2000. Nigel CookeGroup Exhibitions Nigel Cooke Group Exhibitions 2019Where is the Madness You Promised Me: Dystopian Paintings from the Marc & Livia Straus Collection, Hudson Valley Museum of Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York, February 16–April 21, 2019.2016Identity Revisted, The Warehouse, Dallas, February 1–December 1, 2016.2014Love Story: The Anne and Wolfgang Titze Collection, Belvedere, Vienna, June 15–October 5, 2014.Somos Libres II, Pinacoteca Gianni e Marella Agnelli, Turin, May 10–September 14, 2014.Paper, Stellenbosch Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa, January 24–March 9, 2014.2013Paisale 1969–2013, Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, April 25–July 7, 2013.Theatrical Gestures, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel, January 26–April 20, 2013.2012The Stumbling Present: Ruins in Contemporary Art, Art, Design and Architecture Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara, October 13, 2012–January 20, 2013.Beyond Reality: British Painting Today, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, October 3–December 30, 2012.Hidden Stories, KAI 10 / Arthena Foundation, Düsseldorf, April 20–July 14, 2012. (Catalogue)Struggle(s), Maison Partilière, Brussels, April 19–June 30, 2012.201021st Century: Art in the First Decade, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, December 18, 2010–April 25, 2011.She Awoke with a Jerk, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, May 8–June 18, 2010.Skin Fruit: Selections from the Dakis Joannou Collection, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, March 3–June 6, 2010. (Catalogue)The Future Demands Your Participation: Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, February 10–March 21, 2010. (Catalogue)2009We’re Moving, Royal College of Art, London, November 20–29, 2009.15th Anniversary Inaugural Exhibition, Blum and Poe, Los Angeles, October 3–November 14, 2009.2007The Incomplete, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, October 2, 2007–January 12, 2008. (Catalogue)Effigies, Stuart Shave Modern Art, September 7–October 4, 2007.Dream and Trauma: Works from the Dakis Joannou Collection, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, June 29–October 4, 2007. (Catalogue)Guggenheim Collection: 1940s to Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, June 20–October 7, 2007. (Catalogue)XS: Recent Small-scale Paintings, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York, June 9–November 3, 2007.Fun de Siécle: Symbolism and Contemporary Art, Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal, Germany, April 22–August 5, 2007.2006Out of Line: Drawings from the Collection of Sherry and Joel Mallin, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, November 4–December 17, 2006.Only the Paranoid Survive, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York, September 17, 2006–January 21, 2007.Group exhibition, Stuart Shave Modern Art, London, July 14–August 13, 2006.Imagination Becomes Reality: An Exhibition on the Expanded Concept of Painting. Works from the Goetz Collection, Sammlung Goetz, Munich, February 20–June 3, 2006. Traveled to: ZKM Museum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe, Germany, February 17–May 17, 2007. (Catalogue)New Trajectories I: Relocations, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, Portland, Oregon, January 24–March 11, 2006.2005Chambres à Part, Sezz Hotel, Paris, 2005.Looking at Words: The Formal Use of Text in Modern and Contemporary Works on Paper, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, 2005.Nigel Cooke and George Condo: Black Sculptures and Black Paintings, Blum and Poe, Los Angeles, October 15–December 3, 2005.Strata: Difference and Repitition, Fondazione Davide Halevim, Milan, May 27–July 2, 2005.Interested Painting, Gallery 400, University of Illinois, Chicago, February 8–March 19, 2005.2004Sodium and Asphalt: Contemporary British Art in Mexico, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, July 8–October 2, 2004. Traveled to: Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, October 21, 2004–February 2005. (Catalogue)Monument to Now: The Dakis Joannou Collection, Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece, June 22–December 31, 2004. (Catalogue)Edge of the Real: A Painting Show, Whitechapel Gallery, London, March 30–May 23, 2004.Gewalt, Loushy Art and Editions, Tel Aviv, February 2004. (Catalogue)2003Frass, Gold Bullion Vaults, London, 2003.Drawing Show, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, November 2003.4ever Young: International Group Exhibition of Paintings, Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, October 23–November 25, 2003.I See a Darkness, Blum and Poe, Los Angeles, February 8–March 15, 2003.Dirty Pictures, The Approach, London, January 30–March 23, 2003.Exploring Landscape: Eight Views from Britain, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, January 24–February 22, 2003.2002Still Life. Organized by the British Council. Traveled to: Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile, opened November 7, 2002; Museo de Alejandro Otero, Caracas, Venezuela, opened February 9, 2003; Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, opened May 1, 2003; Parque España, Rosario, Argentina, opened July 1, 2003; Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, opened July 16, 2003; Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango, Bogota, opened September 15, 2003; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Panama City, opened January 21, 2004; Museo de Arte Moderno, Guatemala, opened April 1, 2004; SESI, Sao Paulo, August 4–November 7, 2004; Museum of Contemporary Art Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, November 20, 2004–February 27, 2005. (Catalogue).Melodrama, Artium, Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, April 26–September 22, 2002. Traveled to: Centro José Guerrero, Palacio de los Condes de Gabia, Granada, October 2002–January 2003; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Vigo, Mexico, February–April 2003. (Catalogue)2001Tattoo Show, Modern Art, London, July 7–August 12, 2001.A Sport and a Pastime, Greene Naftali, Inc., New York, June 14–July 12, 2001.2000Homage to Budokan, Foyles Gallery, London, 2000.Wooden Heart, Avco, London, 2000.1999Glory, British Council Window Gallery, Prague, 1999.1998Newcomtemporaries 98, Tea Factory, Liverpool, July 3–26, 1998. Traveled to: Camden Arts Centre, London, August 7–September 20, 1998; Hatton Gallery, University of Newcastle, November 28, 1998–January 15, 1999. (Catalogue)1997Interesting Painting, City Racing, London, closed June 29, 1997. Nigel CookePublic Collections Nigel Cooke Public Collections British Council, LondonAstrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, OsloSammlung Goetz Collection, MunichSolomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New YorkHammer Museum, Los AngelesHonart Museum, TehranMuseum of Contemporary Art, Los AngelesThe Museum of Modern Art, New YorkSouthampton City Art Gallery, United KingdomTate, London Nigel CookePeriodicals Nigel Cooke Periodicals 2018Cooke, Nigel. “In the Studio with British Artist Nigel Cooke.” Interview with Sonia Kolesnikov-Jessop. Cobo Social, 22 November 2018. https://www.cobosocial.com/dossiers/in-the-studio-with-british-artist-nigel-cooke/“Nigel Cooke: Pace” (exhibition review). Hong Kong Tatler, December 2018: 62, illustrated.Wampler, Zach. “More is More: Nigel Cooke at Pace, Hong Kong” (exhibition review). Provokr.com, accessed 15 January 2019. https://www.provokr.com/art/more-is-more/2016Cooke, Nigel. “Nigel Cooke.” Creative Quarterly (December 2016): 16-9, illustrated.Dillon, Brian. “Nigel Cooke: Roman Willow” (Pace London exhibition review). Art Review (December 2016), illustrated.“Ensnaring the Senses” (Pace London exhibition review). The St John’s Wood Magazine, September 2016: 41, illustrated.“How Nigel Cooke Pushes Painting to Its Limits” (Pace London exhibition review). Phaidon, 26 September 2016. http://www.phaidon.com/agenda/art/articles/2016/september/26/how-nigel-cooke-pushes-painting-to-its-limits/Kolesnikov-Jessop, Sonia. “In the Studio with British Artist Nigel Cooke.” Cobo Social, 22 November 2018. https://www.cobosocial.com/dossiers/in-the-studio-with-british-artist-nigel-cooke/Lin, Amy. “Nigel Cooke Paintings at Pace London Coincide with Frieze” (exhibition preview). Widewalls, 8 August 2016. http://www.widewalls.ch/nigel-cooke-paintings-pace-london/“Nigel Cooke on the Sanctity of Bacon’s Studio.” Phaidon, 28 October 2016. http://www.phaidon.com/agenda/art/articles/2016/october/28/nigel-cooke-on-the-sanctity-of-bacons-studio/2015“Back to School.” Whitewall, Fall 2015, illustrated.Cooke, Nigel. “Nigel Cooke’s Emotive Drive” (Pace Gallery exhibition review). Interview by Emily McDermott. Interview, 21 September 2015. http://www.interviewmagazine.com/art/nigel-cooke-black-mimosaWright, Karen. “Nigel Cooke, artist, ‘Painting is a love affair, but it is a curse as well.’” Independent, 24 September 2015. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/nigel-cooke-artist-everything-becomes-painting-it-is-a-love-affair-but-it-is-a-curse-as-well-a6666636.html#commentsDiv2013Franco, James. “James Franco.” Interview by Nigel Cooke. Art Review (October 2013).2012Misheff, Johnny. “Nigel Cooke’s Mixed Mediums” (Andre Rosen exhibition reviewI. Elle, 30 March 2012. http://www.elle.com/news/culture/nigel-cookes-mixed-mediums-401432011Buckley, Annie. “Nigel Cooke, Blum & Poe” (exhibition review). Artforum, 27 January 2011. http://artforum.com/picks/section=la&mode=past#picks27430Cooke, Nigel. “About Face.” Art Review (May 2011).Cooke, Nigel. “The Autopsy of Michael Jackson.” Art Review (November 2011).Cooke, Nigel. “In Appropriation.” Art Review (September 2011).Cooke, Nigel. “Kanye Dig It?” Art Review (March 2011).Cooke, Nigel. “The Mutt’s Nuts.” Art Review (April 2011).Cooke, Nigel. “Pop Go Your Clogs.” Art Review (Summer 2011).Cooke, Nigel. “We’re All Raving Mad.” Art Review (January/February 2011).Wood, Eve. “Nigel Cooke, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles” (exhibition review). Flash Art (March–April 2011): 123, illustrated.2010Cooke, Nigel. “Food for Truth.” Art Review (September 2010): 38.Cooke, Nigel. “Nigel Cooke’s Night Crossing” (exhibition review). Interview by Felicity Shaw. Dazed, 5 May 2010. http://www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/7472/1/nigel-cookes-night-crossingCooke, Nigel. “Poor Big Baby.” Art Review (November 2010).Cooke, Nigel. “Shipwreck the Viewer.” Art Review (December 2010).Cooke, Nigel. “Time to Go Van Gogh.” Art Review (October 2010).Miliard, Coline. “Night Flight” (Stuart Shave Modern Art exhibition review). 1 April 2010.2009Cooke, Nigel. “Artist Nigel Cooke on how he paints.” The Guardian, 20 September 2009.Cooke, Nigel. “Thinker Dejecta.” Collapse 5 (2009).Wehr, Anne. “Nigel Cooke” (Andre Rosen Gallery exhibition review). Time Out New York, 21–27 May 2009: 58, illustrated.2008Cooke, Nigel. “George Condo’s Elite Pathology.” Turps Banana, no. 2 (2008).Cooke, Nigel. “On Study for a Portrait of Van Gogh’ (1957) and Van Gogh in a Landscape (1957).” Tate etc., no. 14 (2008).Lewis, Ben. “New Spirit in Painting” (Stuart Shave Modern Art exhibition review). Evening Standard, 1 May 2008: 42, illustrated.2007Amy, Michaël. “Nigel Cooke” (Andrea Rosen Gallery exhibition review). Tema Celeste 120 (March/April 2007): 74–75, illustrated.Turvey, Lisa. “Nigel Cooke, Andrea Rosen Gallery” (exhibition review). Artforum (January 2007): 247, illustrated.2006Gascoigne, Laura. “Arts: Exhibitions 2: Christopher P. Wood, New Worlds; Nigel Cooke, A Portrait of Everything” (exhibition review). The Spectator, 8 April 2006: 52.Granberry, Michael. “Creating what hasn’t been seen” (Modern Art Museum exhibition review). Dallas Morning News, 21 October 2006.Honigman, Ana Finel. “London Horticulture” (South London Gallery exhibition review). Artnet, 20 April 2006. http://www.artnet.com/magazineus/reviews/honigman/honigman4-20-06.aspKunitz, Daniel. “All the Painting You Need” (South London Gallery exhibition review). Art Review 62 (March 2006): 94–97.2005Flash Art 38, no. 243 (July–September 2005): cover.Lang, Wes and Nigel Cooke. “Wes Lang and Nigel Cooke.” Tokion Magazine (March/April 2005).2004Cooke, Nigel. “Art: Sing the Pumpkin Song (detail).” Poetry Review 94, no. 1 (2004): 87.Cooke, Nigel. “Artists: Nigel Cooke.” Interview by Craig Garrett. Flash Art, no. 236 (May–June 2004): 88–89, illustrated.Cooke, Nigel. “The Language of Insects.” Sandwich: A Collection of Discursive Pamphlets (Autumn 2004).Ribas, Joao. “Nigel Cooke, Andrea Rosen” (exhibition review). Time Out New York, 6–13 May 2004: 67, illustrated.Sweet, Matthew. “Making Plan for Nigel.” Independent Magazine, 14 February 2004: illustrated.2002De Ville, Nicholas. “Entropy’s Cold Desert: For the Painter Nigel Cooke, the Devil Lies in the Detail.” Contemporary, 18 March 2002.Seymour, Benedict. “Benedict Seymour on Nigel Cooke.” Frieze (March 2002): 74–75, illustrated.2000Cooke, Nigel. “The Deject.” Front (2000).1999Tank 1, no. 4 (1999). Nigel CookeBooks and Catalogues Nigel Cooke Books 2020Nigel Cooke: New Paintings (exhibition booklet). Text by Dan Fox. New York: Pace Gallery, 2020.2019Landscape Painting Now: From Pop Abstraction to New Romanticism. Edited by Todd Bradway. Text by Barry Schwabsky. New York: D.A.P., 2019: 182–185, illustrated.2016Nigel Cooke. Texts by Darian Leader, Tony Godfrey, and Marie Darrieussecq, London: Phaidon, 2016.Nigel Cooke: Roman Willow (exhibition catalogue). Text by Andrew Hibbard. London: Pace London, 2016.2015Black Mimosa: Nigel Cooke (exhibition catalogue). Text by Martin Herbert. London: Pace London, 2015.2014Love Story—The Anne & Wolfgang Titze Collection (exhibition catalogue). Vienna: Verlag für modern Kunst Nürnberg, 2014: 76–9, illustrated.2012Amirsadeghi, Hossein and Maryam Homayoun Eisler, eds. Sanctuary: Britain’s Artists and their Studios. London: Thames & Hudson, 2012.Hidden Stories: Armin Boehm, Olaf Breuning, Nigel Cooke, Mike Kelley (exhibition catalogue). Bielefeld: Kerber, 2012.Nigel Cooke: Words (exhibition catalogue). Edited by Susanna Greeves. New York: Andrea Rosen Gallery, 2012.2011Ansel Krut (exhibition catalogue). Text by Nigel Cooke. London: Stuart Shave Modern Art, 2011.Pooke, Grant. Contemporary British Art: An Introduction. London and New York: Routledge, 2011.2010Cooke, Nigel. “Bacon’s Sacred Studio.” In Transmission Annual: Hospitality. London: Artwords Press, 2010.Nigel Cooke. Text by Michael Bracewell. Interview by Martin Herbert. London: Koening Books, 2010.Skin Fruit: Selections from the Dakis Joannou Collection (exhibition catalogue). New York: New Museum, 2010.2009Godfrey, Tony. Painting Today. London and New York: Phaidon Press, 2009.2007Brassier, Ray. Nihil Unbound: Enlightenment and Extinction. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.Hillings, Valerie L. Guggenheim Collection: 1940s to Now (exhibition catalogue). Melbourne: National Gallery of Victoria, 2007.2006Imagination Becomes Reality: An Exhibition on the Expanded Concept of Painting. Works from the Goetz Collection (exhibition catalogue). Edited by Rainald Schumacher. Munich: Sammlung Goetz, 2006.Nigel Cooke: Paintings 01–06 (exhibition catalogue). London: Koening Books, 2006.Townsend, Chris. New Art from London. London: Thames & Hudson, 2006.2005Transmission: Speaking and Listening. Volume 4, Provenance. London: Artworlds Press, 2005.2004Gewalt (exhibition catalogue). Tel Aviv: Loushy Art & Editions, 2004.Monument to Now: The Dakis Joannou Collection (exhibition catalogue). Texts by Dan Cameron, Jeffrey Deitch, Alison M. Gingeras et al. Athens, Greece: Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, 2004.Now and Then: Art Now at Tate Britain. London: Tate Publishing, 2004.Sodio y asfalto : arte británico contemporáneo en México (exhibition catalogue). Mexico: Fundación Olga y Rufino Tamayo, 2004.2002Gallagher, Ann. Still Life (exhibition catalogue). London: British Council, 2002.Melodrama (exhibition catalogue). Vigo, Mexico: Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, 2002.The New Spirit in Death Painting: The Work of Nigel Cooke (exhibition catalogue). Text by Jake Chapman. London: Modern Art, 2002.1998Bytheway, Bev and Sacha Craddock, eds. Newcomtemporaries 98 (exhibition catalogue). Halifax: New Contemporaries, 1998.