Dawn Cookson

1925 - 2005

Artist biography

Dawn Cookson was a creative visual artist, Born in 1925, Dawn Cookson passed away in 2005. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Jean Buckley, Milan Albich, Dmitry Spiridonovich Bisti, James Guitet, and Claire R. Burch.

Further Biographical Context for Dawn Cookson

Dawn Cookson was born in 1925 and was predominantly influenced by the 1950s. The 1950s can be said to have been dominated by Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that prioritised expressive brushstrokes and explored ideas about organic nature, spirituality and the sublime. Much of the focus was on the formal properties of painting, and ideas of action painting were unified with the political freedom of the United States society as opposed to the strict nature of the Soviet bloc. Influential artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, though necessary revisionism of this period has underlined the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.