Laurel Cormack

1935

Artist biography

Laurel Cormack is regarded as a well established artist, Laurel Cormack was born in 1935. Also born in 1935 and of this same generation are Jim Alexander, Giuseppe Balzo, Ken Price, Jean Jacques Chambry, and Charles Axt.

Further Biographical Context for Laurel Cormack

Born in 1935, Laurel Cormack was predominantly inspired by the 1950s. The 1950s can be said to have been dominated by Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that prioritised expressive 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 unified 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 revisionism of this period has underlined the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Laurel Cormack

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