This exhibition presents previously unseen and new works by critically acclaimed artist Nigel Cooke.
The Jerwood Gallery show is something of a homecoming for Cooke – who mixes music, the weather and memories of growing up in Manchester to create his work – as Hastings is where he first had his paintings shown as a professional artist.
Cooke’s paintings, frequently on monumental canvases measuring up to 6’ by 12’, feature somewhat dystopian landscapes, peopled by a variety of oddball and yet recognisable characters. Each painting demands close inspection as, among the weeds, stones and rubble we discover graffiti-like slogans, motifs and painterly references to his artistic heroes, such as Francis Bacon, Velazquez and Goya. Cooke likes to work at close range and at a distance, so it often seems like each painting contains many smaller ones within it.