Bernard Cohen: ‘It’s a matter of dancing with chaos’

The British painter talks about his long career

Bernard Cohen is a British artist whose paintings tell stories about everyday existence and experience. Often described as an abstract artist, he explains why he does not consider his paintings to be abstract. At his home in London, he shows us his sketchbooks and talks about the importance of drawing as a lifelong activity.

Cohen explains how he uses his drawings as a way of going back in time, often using a drawing from an old sketchbook as the starting point for a new painting.

He takes us around his Spotlight display in Tate Britain talking through the stories behind a few key works.

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