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.