Harold Cohen (1928 – 2016)
Harold Cohen, brother of artist Bernard Cohen, is a painter and textiles designer born in London in 1928. He studied at Slade School of Fine Art where he also taught for several years after completing his degree.
During the 1960s he exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Documenta 3, Paris Biennale, Carnegie International and many other international shows; in 1965 the Whitechapel Art Gallery organized an exhibition dedicated to him.
In 1971 Cohen spent time at Stanford University’s Artificial Intelligence Lab and his fascination with artificial intelligence lead him to create the AARON programme, a machine-based simulation of the cognitive processes underlying the human act of drawing.
He showed this project at the Tate, the Brooklyn Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Amsterdam’s Stedeljik Museum as well as science centres in the US, Europe and Japan.
Arts Council and Tate hold examples of his work.
Buckman D., 2006, Artists in Britain since 1945, Vol 1, Art Dictionaries Ltd, Bristol
The depiction of shapes and forms on a flat surface chiefly by means of lines although colour and shading may also be included. Materials most commonly used are pencil, ink, crayon, charcoal, chalk and pastel, although other materials, including paint, can be used in combination.