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Bernard Cohen Artist Biography  British, born 1933

Bernard Cohen has described himself as "A storyteller and a creator of pictorial theatre". His tensely wrought and unpredictably complex pictures hold a unique position within the canon of contemporary art.

Born in London, Bernard Cohen first studied at the South West Essex Technical College in 1949. He continued at St. Martin's School of Art, London before attending the Slade School of Fine Art, London from 1951 to 1954.

Bernard Cohen left for Paris where he lived for nearly two years and spent several months in Rome before returning to London in 1957.

Bernard Cohen held first solo exhibition at Gimpel Fils, London in 1958.

Bernard Cohen came to prominence during the 1960s and has since exhibited widely. In 1988 he was appointed as Slade Professor and Director of the Slade School of Fine Art, University College, London.

Ten of Bernard Cohen’s paintings are in the permanent collection of the Tate, London.

Public collections include:
Arts Council of Great Britain, London
Arts Council of Northern Ireland
British Broadcasting Corporation, London
British Council, London
Caracas Museum, Venezuela
Contemporary Art Society, London
Fogg Museum, Boston, USA
Manchester City Art Galleries
Mellon Collection, Yale, USA
Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, USA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund, Germany
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
Peter Stuyvesant Collection, London
Tate Gallery, London
Ulster Museum, Belfast
University College, London
University of Liverpool
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA
University of South Wales, Cardiff
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis, USA
Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester

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