Bruce Cohen

(American, b. 1953)


Photo of Bruce Cohen

As a leading exponent of Contemporary Realism, Bruce Cohen’s involvement with the movement began in the late 1960s.  His initial interest was in creating a visual response to the rising dominance of abstraction, and due to his keen knowledge of art history and his fascination with 17th century Dutch still lifes, the trajectory of his career was set.  Cohen’s masterful technique is combined with a surreal sensibility that imparts both clarity and mystery to his compositions.   There is a story unfolding in each of his paintings; however, there are no inhabitants in the scenes he depicts; simply a pervading sense of someone having just departed.  The lack of human presence is balanced by Cohen’s use of flowers and fruit that bring a sense of life to his dramatically lit compositions and that draw the viewer into his tightly constructed interiors. 

Cohen’s paintings are featured in such collections as the Guggenheim in New York, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles, the San Diego Museum of Art and important private collections worldwide.