Nigel Cooke, ‘Upper’, Christie's

Signature: signed, titled and dated 'NIGEL COOKE 'UPPER' 2005 N.C.' (on the reverse)

New York, Andrea Rosen Gallery, Looking at Words: The Formal Presence of Text in Modern and Contemporary Works on Paper, October-January 2006.

Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Nigel Cooke

Situating his works alongside the historic landscapes of the 19th century, British painter Nigel Cooke creates epic paintings of a desolate imagined world. Combining abstraction and representation in planes of sweeping color with moments of microscopic detail, Cooke begins with detailed sketches on the canvas, covers them in white paint, and then excavates the layers below. “It really does remind me of archeologists with dinosaur bones, where you’re dusting off the soil around it to raise this thing out of the earth,” Cooke has said. Such explorations result in what he calls “hybrid theatrical spaces,” graffiti-strewn landscapes in putrid colors populated by haunting figures, symbols for the anxiety of modern life and the search for creative expression—as well as a tool for exploring the artist’s own relationship with painting.

British, b. 1973, Manchester, United Kingdom

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