|Born||15 October 1943|
|Known for||Initial Access|
Dairy Art Centre
Fortnum X Frank
Cherryl Garson (m. 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.
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.
Cohen began collecting art in the 1970s and, upon selling his business in 1997, it became his full-time occupation.
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.
- Higgins, Charlotte (24 March 2007). "Modern art by the shedload in DIY tycoon's industrial-cultural space". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
- "Frank Cohen's art collection comes to Fortnum & Mason". The Telegraph. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
- The New Art Establishment, London Evening Standard, 15 March 2013
- The Sunday Times, 18 February 2007 | Mr Bigs of Britart buy into China
- Express and Star, 16 January 2007 | Frank Cohen's Initial Access - project space | interview (video)
- The Sunday Telegraph, 28 June 2004
- The Economist, 24 June 2004