Frank Cohen

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Frank Cohen
Born15 October 1943
Known forInitial Access
Dairy Art Centre
Fortnum X Frank
Spouse(s)Cherryl Garson (married 1972)

Frank Cohen (born 15 October 1943) is a British businessman and art collector. He is frequently referred to as "the Saatchi of the North", in reference to the more famous art dealer Charles Saatchi.[1]

He was born and raised in Manchester, where he worked in market stalls before building up the ‘Home Improvement Company’ and then ‘GlynWebb Home Improvement Stores’, a large chain of Do It Yourself (DIY) stores in the north of the United Kingdom.[2]

Cohen began collecting art in the 1970s and, upon selling his business in 1997, it became his full-time occupation.[2]

He also co-founded the Dairy Art Centre with Nicolai Frahm in 2013,[3] a contemporary art gallery which closed in late 2014.

On 13 September 2016 Fortnum and Mason opened "Fortnum X Frank[4]", an installation throughout the store of more than 60 Modern British and Contemporary works loaned from Cohen's collection.

In 2017, the Telegraph reported that an auction of works in Australia in that year from an anonymous British collector was in fact from the collection of Cohen. The sale was expected to bring in approximately £5m and the Telegraph quoted Cohen as saying he would "probably lose money" on the sale.[5]

In 2018, Cohen appeared in Sky Arts – The Art of Collecting, National Treasures. (Season 1 Episode 4)[6]


  1. ^ Field, Marcus (15 March 2013). "The New Art Establishment: art collector Frank Cohen makes his move on". Evening Standard. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b Higgins, Charlotte (24 March 2007). "Modern art by the shedload in DIY tycoon's industrial-cultural space". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 April 2019. Retrieved 1 April 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Frank Cohen's art collection comes to Fortnum & Mason". The Telegraph. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Frank Cohen's contemporary collection gets set for sale Down Under". The Telegraph. 24 April 2017. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  6. ^ "National Treasures: The Art of Collecting". Sky. 6 September 2018. Retrieved 16 June 2020.