The painter Maurice Cockrill was born and raised in County Durham. After studying in Liverpool he went on to become a leading figure in British art throughout the later part of the twentieth century. As well as his distinguished painting career, Cockrill has been an influential figure in British art education, holding the illustrious position of Keeper of the Royal Academy Schools until 2011.
This exhibition has been mounted in coordination with the Royal Academy to celebrate their forthcoming publication 'Maurice Cockrill', a major monograph covering his life and career. The exhibition will parallel the book's themes spanning his evolution from early photorealism to expressionism and abstraction. Drawing together works from public and private collections, this exhibition is a unique opportunity to see some of Cockrill's finest works.
Before he died in December 2013, Cockrill wrote 'I am very proud to be launching this book and exhibition in the County of my birth among my ancestors.
There will be a free preview of this exhibition on Friday 17 January at 6.00pm
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