Nicholas Peter Coker

I am a self taught painter. My work focuses on aviation, specifically WWII aircraft. My interest is creating pieces that focus on the esthetics of the aircraft and not placing them in a wartime context. In my newer work I am interested in the human connection between 'man and machine'.

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Nicholas Peter Coker

Based in Nottingham, United Kingdom. member for 2 Years

The love of aircraft must be in my blood. Both me and my older brother have it and our father and his… you get the idea. The same applies to drawing, for me as a small boy I liked nothing more than scribbling on paper ( and probably walls ) capturing anything that caught my eye that day. Growing up I was never really any good at anything, but I did know how to use a pencil. After leaving school my talent took a back seat as I needed to go to work. It wasn’t until 2007 that my life changed. At this point I was 26 so I was on the countdown to 30 wondering what I was going to do with my life. I don’t know how I managed to do it with my 3 GCSE’s and a food safety certificate but I managed to get into the University of Derby on a foundation course. This lead to The BA(hons) Fine art course which thankfully I completed in 2011 which made the food safety certificate look pretty small. I joke of course but honestly although the degree course taught me a lot about myself as an artist and helped me to understand the art world a little better, It didn’t teach me how to draw or paint. I guess I have an eye for detail and an OCD approach to making work. I find the best work is the work you make because you want to, not because you have to. So I started painting pieces with my real passion, aircraft. My work centres around the aircraft itself, no scenes of war where there are planes on fire in the background ( although there is nothing wrong with that there are some very fine aviation artists out there that paint this kind of thing ). I love seeing the aircraft on display at airshows, that sheen they have as they have all been polished and maintained. Its so far away from their original intention. Instead of being weapons of war they are that noise that you have to stop what your doing to look up to the skies to see what it is, or the celebration of engineering. Most importantly they serve as a reminder of the heroism and loss from the wars in which they served. These planes keep the memory alive in all of us I mean who doesn’t like the sound of a Merlin engine? I hope you can see why I do what I do and I hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoy making it. I may not have a large collection of work right now but we all start somewhere and I would love you to join me on my journey as an artist .

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