Donald Cole


Artist biography

Donald Cole is seen as an established contemporary artist, Donald Cole was born in 1930. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Ray Yoshida, Fritz Aigner, Bertil Almlöf, Zipora Brener, and Aixinjueluo Yuheng.

Further Biographical Context for Donald Cole

Born in 1930, Donald Cole's creative work was primarily inspired by the 1950s. Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that studied notions of spirituality and the sublime, dominated the 1950s. Many artists focused on the formal properties of painting, and action painting took inspiration from the political freedom of the United States, as opposed to the strict limitations of the Soviet bloc. Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb were influential artists of this time. The male dominated environment has been subsequently revisited to recognise the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.