Nigel Cooke

Born in Mirfield, West Yorkshire in 1960, Nigel Cooke sold his first painting when he was just 14.

But life got in the way of art, and on leaving school Nigel joined the Merchant Navy and travelled the world. After leaving the Navy, he subsequently joined Butlins as a resident caricaturist and entertainer in 1992.  He later went on to open caricature concessions on Blackpool’s Central Pier and Pleasure Beach, in the Trafford Centre in Manchester and at Alton Towers, tucking well over 10,000 hours of live drawing and painting under his belt.

He also worked as a character designer for the Hong Kong-based and now defunct C.I.M International, designing figures for toys and other novelty items. Nigel is still a member of the National Caricature Network in the USA, a body he joined in 1996.

Ten years ago, Nigel Cooke returning to the fine art he loves best and is now widely known for his evocative portraits of cities across the UK, Europe and the wider world. His distinctive style is created by his use of mixed media acrylics finished with a drip technique similar to that used by Jackson Pollock. 

All of Nigel’s work available from the Artmarket gallery is original, not prints.



Born in Mirfield, West Yorkshire in 1960, Nigel Cooke sold his first painting when he was just 14.

But life got in the way of art, and on leaving school Nigel joined the Merchant Navy and travelled the world. After leaving the Navy, he subsequently joined Butlins as a resident caricaturist and entertainer in 1992.


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