Bernard Cohen is a distinguished British painter (and aficionado of the American Southwest). His abstract paintings use pictorial and schematic images of jet planes, animal tracks, dinner place settings and billboards to create an exhilarating dance of form and texture across the picture plane. From the avant-garde of the 1960’s to the diverse and divisive 2000’s Cohen has evoked the chaos, the playfulness and the expansiveness of our times.
Bernard Cohen and Bud Shark began a fruitful print relationship in New Mexico in 1970. They have worked together over the years to create many fabulous bodies of work, including the series “Six Images for J.” in 1976, the “Colorado” prints in 1999, and the recent Untitled lithograph completed in 2005. Cohen’s technique of layering meticulously hand-cut stencils, rotation of images, and progressive addition of color is uniquely suitable to the printmaking process.
Bernard Cohen has exhibited his work widely in England, Europe, the United States and Asia. He has had several retrospective exhibitions, including work at the Hayward Gallery, London, and a print retrospective at the Tate Gallery, London. His work is in the collections of the Tate Gallery, London, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Walker Art Museum, Minneapolis, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa and many others.
Complete biography available by request.