This is a collection of previously unseen mid-century ‘Abstract Expressionist' paintings and 'Pop Art' art/ design featuring early works by some of the UK's most respected, established artists including Peter Blake, Robyn Denny and Bernard and Harold Cohen. This body of work was created at Marden Hill, an artists’ community in rural Hertfordshire in the mid-to-late 1950s and early 1960s. These works have not moved from the building where they were created for over half a century. Until now…


These works were painted by Bernard & Harold Cohen, Barry Daniels and Phillip Sutton in the five years immediately following their graduation from The Slade School of Art. They were exhibited in London shows at galleries including ICA, The Fulham Gallery, Portal Gallery and Kasmin Gallery. Only the works that were sold at these early exhibitions have been seen publicly since, having found their way in to The Tate and MOMA permanent collections amongst others. The rest were returned after those early shows to Marden Hill, where they have been stored unseen until now.

This is a selection of artwork created for DANAD Design by artists Peter Blake, Robyn Denny, Tom Adams, Bernard Cohen, Barry Daniels and Edward Wright between 1958 and 1962. This art/design is considered to have played a very important part of the birth of 'Pop Art'.

Artwork from the DANAD Design archive

Previous exhibitions

Bernard Cohen


Flowers Gallery/ MOMA/ Harvard University Art Museum/ Nickle Arts Museum (University of Calgary)


Public Collections include


Tate Gallery, London

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

British Council, London

Caracas Museum, Venezuela

Swindon Art Gallery, Wiltshire

Contemporary Art Society, London

Department of the Environment, London

Dechert LLP, London

British Broadcasting Corporation, London

Arts Council of Great Britain, London

Peter Stuyvesant Collection, London

Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

University of Liverpool

Ulster Museum, Belfast

University of South Wales, Cardiff

Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund

Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Fogg Museum, Boston

Mellon Collection, Yale

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA

University College, London

Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Manchester City Art Galleries

The Louisiana Museum, Denmark

Museum of Modern Art, Tehran


Peter Blake


public collections include


Arts Council of Great Britain, London

Baltimore Museum of Art

Bristol City Art Gallery

British Council, London

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon

Carlisle Museum and Art Gallery

Kingston-upon-Hull Museum

Leeds City Art Gallery

Museum Boymans-Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

Museum Ludwig, Cologne

Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna

Museum of Moern Art, New York

Royal College of Art, London

Sintra Museum of Modern Art, Portugal - The Berardo Collection

Tate Gallery, London

Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

Wolvershampton Art Gallery



Barry Daniels


Barry Daniels was considered one of the Slade School of Fine Arts brightest pupils in the 1950's with Phillip Sutton, Michael Andrews and Bernard Cohen, taught by the great William Coldstream


He won the Wilson Steer prize for Landscape painting in 1953, the Abbey Minor Scholarship 53, Boise Scholarship 54 and French Government Scholarship 58.


He Exhibited at the ICA Six Young Painters and London Group Exhibitions in 56. In 59 he exhibited in a major abstract Impressionism exhibition along with De Stael, Sam Francis, Bernard Cohen Andre Masson and Helen Frankenthaler. Rowland & Delbance Group Shows 1956-58 and Fulham Gallery in 1968


Harold Cohen


Public Collections include


Tate Gallery, London.

The Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

The Arts Council of Great Britain.

The British Council.

The Gulbenkian Foundation.

The Contemporary Art Society, London.

Leicestershire Education Committee.

University of London.

University of Nottingham.

University of Warwick.

The Art Gallery of Toronto.

The Peter Stuyvesant Foundation.

The British Petroleum Company.

Jews College, London.

The National Gallery of Western Australia.

The National Gallery of Northern Ireland.

The National Museum of Wales.

The Bristol Art Gallery.

The Los Angeles County Museum.

The City of Birmingham Art Museum.

The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

The City of Sheffield Art Museum.

The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

The Digital Equipment Corporation.

Muir College, UC San Diego.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

Brooklyn Museum.


Robyn Denny


Public collections include


Art Institute, Chicago

Arts Council of England, UK

Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast

Daimler Chrysler Collection, Berlin

Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon

Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester

Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran

Museum of Modern Art, New York

National Gallery of Australia, Sydney

Peter Stuyvesant Collection, Amsterdam

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

The British Council, UK

Veranneman Foundation, Kruishoutem

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Yale Center for British Art, New Haven

Tate Gallery, London


Tom Adams


Tom Adams' paintings are in private collections in the UK, Ireland, Australia, Germany, Liberia, Italy, Canada and USA. He has exhibited in group and one man shows in London, Marbella, Toronto, Tokyo, Dublin and Sydney. His UK exhibitions include The Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, The Portal Gallery, The Fulham Gallery, The Calvert Gallery, ICA and RBA galleries - all in London.