by Mareike Muller in New Art on Thursday 16 May 2013

Koonings assertion that ‘successful paintings have no holidays’ made the English painter Nigel Cooke think and return to his studio. Digesting this information, the outcome was a series of paintings called No Holidays showing hapless people in their failed leisure time.

One could say that Cooke´s paintings in general have a touch of destruction and failure. The protagonist(s) always seem(s) a little pitiable and confused. One reason for that might be the exceptional fluency of these large-scale paintings which draw you in. The other might be the complexity of what they thematically contain and provoke in the spectator: this charming tristesse.