Douglas Robert Coffey


Artist biography

Douglas Robert Coffey is seen as an established contemporary artist, Douglas Robert Coffey was born in 1937. Also born in 1937 and of this same generation are Chen Yinghua, Marcia Blackman, Stanislav Bernstein, Zarina, and Félix Beristain Amallobieta.

Further Biographical Context for Douglas Robert Coffey

Douglas Robert Coffey was born in 1937 and was largely inspired creatively 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 properties of painting, and ideas of action painting were conflated with the political freedom of the United States society as opposed to the strict nature of the Soviet bloc. Important 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.

Douglas Robert Coffey

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