Bernard Cohen is mainly known as an abstract painter. Born in London, Cohen studied at South West Essex Technical College, and, later, at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art and Slade School of Fine Art in London.
Bernard Cohen formed part of the DANAD Design collective, set up in 1958, alongside fellow artists Barry Daniels, Tom Adams, Peter Blake, Robyn Denny and Edward Wright, and the architects Colin Huntley and Peter Adams. Bernard Cohen’s abstract canvases featured on the international stage, touring British Council art exhibitions as well as participating at the 1966 Venice Biennale.
Beginning in the early 1960s, he produced paintings that combined several different stylistic influences, primarily Abstract Expressionism. In the mid-1970s Cohen’s works became more colorful and precise in detail, featuring densely layered patterns and motifs.