George Cockayne

1906

Artist biography

George Cockayne is an established contemporary artist, George Cockayne was born in 1906. Artists Serge Poliakoff, Alo Altripp, Montserrat Barta, Evelyn Belle Clogston, and Ruth Brall are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for George Cockayne

Born in 1906, George Cockayne was primarily influenced by the 1920s. The 1920s and 1930s saw continued development and evolution of the key innovations of the first years of the twentieth century. To have these years as the formative period for an artist was to be surrounded by innovative practitioners of the pictorial arts. It was also a time of recovery and introspection after the horrors of the First World War, which saw significant shifts in politics. Marxism was a prevalent political ideology which was also enormously influential amongst artists and their communities. notable artistic developments included a kind of expressive characteristic which was epitomised by Brancusi, Modigliani and Soutine in Paris. Surrealism advanced throughout the 1920s and 1930s, with a focus on the human unconscious - a essential idea of Freudian theory. Notable Surrealist artists include Salvador Dali, Giorgio de Chirico, Andre Breton, Rene Magritte and Paul Delvaux. Due to its cultural importance, much of this ideology spread on a global scale.

George Cockayne

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