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ABOVE Too Late for Flowers acrylic and oill on canvas 100 x 80cms
  • LEFT Maurice Cockrill RA Clare's Inspiraton screenprint
  • MIDDLE Maurice Cockrill RA Seed of the Nation 80 x 101cm

Maurice Cockrill RA

More comprehensively than any other British painter now active, Maurice Cockrill’s work has defied short-term categorising as he has engaged fruitfully with an immense range of approaches from photorealism to expressionism, sexually charged landscapes, mythological subjects and near abstractions. His commitment throughout to the craft of painting has earned him a legendary reputation as an inspiring teacher at major institutions. He is referred to as the “Painter’s Painter” His Liverpool work was in line with that of Sam Walsh and Adrian Henri, employing  pop and photorealist styles.

In the 1980s he was drawn, for a period, to the Old Masters and adjusted his palette accordingly as he worked through a gamut of mythological and literary themes.  Since then his painting has grown increasingly abstract, although always retaining overtones of landscape.

In his most recent work, he concentrates on aspects of urbanism and allusions to qualities of contemporary life.  It is no longer the Nordic winged maidens or the symbolic passage of seasons which inspire him, but the world of clubs, the explosive collision of personalities, social aspirations and perpetual feuding endemic to the underworld.

1936 Born, Hartlepool, County Durham  1960-64 Studied of Art, Denbigh Technical College and University of Reading  1967-80 Lecturer, Faculty of art, Liverpool Polytechnic.  Central figure in Liverpool's artistic life, regularly exhibiting at the Walker Art Gallery 1982 Moves to London 1982-85 Visiting Tutor, schools of art in Manchester, Portsmouth, Farnham, Winchester and Nottingham. 1985-94  Visiting Tutor, Royal College of Art, Central School of Art and St. Martin's School of Art, London.  1994 Nominated for Jerwood Prize, Major Retrospective at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. 1995-97 Visiting Tutor, Royal Academy Schools  1999 Elected Royal Academy of Arts (painter) 2004 Elected Keeper of Royal Academy of Arts and Head of Royal Academy schools.

Selected Collections

British Museum, Arts Council of Great Britain, Welsh Arts Council, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, Kunstmuseum Dusseldorf, Contemporary Arts Society, Deutsche Bank, Unilever, Royal Academy, London

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