Original black marker abstract drawing on heavy paper, 20" by 26", unframed, signed in pencil at lower right and dated 1971 by the well listed English modern artist HAROLD COHEN (1928-). Cohen was born in London and by 1966 was one of a handful of artists representing England at the Venice Biennale. He has lived in California since 1968, becoming a visiting professor at the University of California San Diego. In 1971 he was invited to Stanford University, where he became interested in the application of artificial intelligence to fine art creation. A computer program called "AARON" drove controlled drawing machines, and then, painting machines. A so-called "turtle" moved over the art surface. Shortly his work was exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and at the La Jolla Museum of Art. Large abstract paintings have sold at major London auctions to the five figures. From what I can gather the artist still lives in Encinitas in the northern part of San Diego county. This drawing is simple yet powerful, the lines seemingly vibrating. Careless handling by a past owner who perhaps unfortunately tried to fit this into a handy frame has left a heavy crease the entire length of the drawing near the top (see photos). Also there are a few rusty spots and a water spot at lower left and a few other slight soiled areas. Despite the flaws this is a strong work of modern art by an accomplished artist and it deserves framing and display. See the net for much more on the artist and images of his other work in painting, drawing, and graphic design. .
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