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An in-depth look at the work and career of this fascinating artist, who is having a profound impact on contemporary painting
Nigel Cooke is known for his complex paintings, which thematically explore the meeting point between creative labour, consciousness, art history, consumer culture, and nature. Primarily centred on meticulously painted, large-scale urban landscapes, which he calls 'hybrid theatrical spaces', Cooke's work employs disparate styles, often integrating trompe l'oeil miniature rocks and trees with backdrops of graffiti-marked buildings, to create scenes conveying obscure and macabre narratives. This survey of Cookes career to date explores the artist's style, approach, and impact on contemporary art and includes his very latest works, completed shortly before publication.