In the mid 1970s Cohen exchanged his earlier preferences for broad expanses of flat colour, spontaneously applied paint and soft focus, for a meticulous technique and a dense layering of patterns and motifs. In these paintings, which swarm vertiginously with textures, colours, stencilled and drawn shapes, Cohen found a way of relating his obsession with the procedures of painting to a range of social rituals, producing an art as complex in formal terms as in its metaphorical implications.
Bernard Cohen (exh. cat., London, Hayward Gal., 1972)
J. F. Walker: ‘Bernard Cohen Interviewed by James Faure Walker', Artscribe, 5 (1977), pp. 2–3
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