Don Coen

1935

Artist biography

Don Coen is an established contemporary visual artist, Don Coen was born in 1935. Artists like Agostino Bonalumi, Giacomo Fernando Albano, António Bronze, William C Alexander, and Peter Paul Buchta were also born in 1935.

Further Biographical Context for Don Coen

Born in 1935, Don Coen's creative work was predominantly influenced by the 1950s. The 1950s can be said to have been 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 techniques of painting, and ideas of action painting were conflated with the political freedom of the United States society as opposed to the strictures nature of the Soviet bloc. Key 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 highlighted the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Don Coen

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