Karl Bobek

1925 - 1992

Artist biography

Karl Bobek was a visual artist, Karl Bobek, born in 1925, died in 1992. Artists Mikhaël Anikeev, Gordon Balfour-Cunningham, Jan Burssens, Haakon Björklid, and Irene Becker are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Karl Bobek

Born in 1925, Karl Bobek's creative work was largely inspired 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 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, but necessary reassessment of this period has emphasised the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.