Tag : Nigel Cooke

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Nigel Cooke | To work is to play (detail) 2008 | Oil on canvas | Purchased 2008 with funds from the Estate of Lawrence F King in memory of the late Mr and Mrs SW King through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

TO WORK IS TO PLAY by Nigel Cooke

As we know, the history of art is as much a story of groups, cliques and societies as it is of individual achievements. Many of these groups have shaped the way we understand whole eras of art, by harnessing the …

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Nigel Cooke | To work is to play (detail) 2008 | Oil on canvas | Purchased 2008 with funds from the Estate of Lawrence F King in memory of the late Mr and Mrs SW King through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Nigel Cooke ‘To work is to play’ 2008

Nigel Cooke is renowned for producing large-scale, meticulously realised paintings that depict fantastical, hyper-realistic scenes of urban decay. His work references a wide range of painting styles and traditions; his work is a collision between this artisan-like, labour-intensive approach to …

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I’m attracted to the martyr mythology and the cult of suffering that painting has enjoyed over the years. As my paintings are labour-intensive, and are known to be so, this Van Gogh stuff has started to come out like self-parody.

Nigel Cooke cited in Daniel Kunitz, ‘All the painting you need’, Art Review, March–April 2006, p.95.