Nigel Cooke was born in Mirfield, West Yorkshire in 1960. Nigel sold his first painting at the age of 14 and joined Butlins as their 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 Mall in Manchester and at Alton Towers. During this time he completed well over 10,000 hours of live drawing and painting. From his caricature background Nigel Cooke has evolved his art into energised cityscape paintings and is currently one of the UK's most up and coming talents.