Desmond Cossey


Artist biography

Desmond Cossey is an established contemporary artist, Desmond Cossey was born in 1940. Also born in 1940 and of this same generation are Christa Böhme, Mernet Larsen, Clive Barker, Mathew Aqigaaq, and Gao Xingjian.

Further Biographical Context for Desmond Cossey

Desmond Cossey was born in 1940 and was primarily inspired creatively by the 1950s growing up. It can be said that the 1950s were dominated by Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that prioritised dramatic brushstrokes and expressed 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, but necessary reassessment of this period has emphasised the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Desmond Cossey

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