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Nigel Cooke 'Roman Willow' at PACE London

  • PACE 6 Burlington Gardens London, England, W1J 0PE United Kingdom (map)

In his first exhibition in London since 2013, Cooke presents a drastic departure from his earlier work. Purging the sort of nihilistic imagery and motifs that had developed as recognizable trademarks of his practice, the new body of paintings pursues a more poetic sensibility founded in the impressionistic and sensorial. In his new body of paintings, Cooke takes inspiration from his local environment and places such as Córdoba, Formentera, Rome and the Italian Alps. He paints these scenes not as they appear but as he remembers them, working in a highly intuitive manner to transform his memory of the textures and feelings of a place into a constellation of marks that form into an evocative image. The paintings eschew realism, privileging landscapes and space that vibrate with the energy and passion of lived experience.