Maurice Cockrill 1936-2013


Maurice Cockrill's first solo exhibition was held in 1984 in London. He rapidly established an international reputation, with subsequent solo exhibitions being held in Dusseldorf and, with Bernard Jacobson, in London and New York.


Cockrill's first major prize was at the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition, 1974, and he was recipient of multiple awards from the Arts Council of Great Britain throughout his career, as well as Royal Festival Hall and the British Council. Retrospectives were held at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, in 1995 and the Royal West of England Academy in 1998. His work has been included in many group exhibitions throughout Europe and in Australia.


Cockrill was elected to the Royal Academy in 1999 and, between 2005 and 2011, was Keeper of the Royal Academy Schools. A full career retrospective was held at Durham Art Gallery in 2014, shortly after the artist's death. That year also saw the publication of a major monograph on the artist's life and works.