King Coffin


Artist biography

King Coffin is regarded as a well established artist, King Coffin was born in 1916. Also born in 1916 and of this same generation are Martha Berry, Wendy Batsford, Garnet Campbell Chester, Heda Armour, and Jimmy Raskin.

Further Biographical Context for King Coffin

Born in 1916, King Coffin's creative work was predominantly influenced by the 1930s. on a global scale this period can be best characterised by the duelling of the world’s foremost political philosophies - Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. In the United States, the Great Depression had a tremendous impact on artistic production, with a number of artists focusing on the agrarian and the humble man in the streets. It was the first time in US history that widespread collectives of artists began to address politics, and tried to use their art to influence society. Artists focused exhibitions on social and political themes such as poverty, lack of affordable housing, anti-lynching, anti-fascism, and workers' strikes.

King Coffin

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