Maurice Cockrill RA (1936 - 2013), was a British painter and poet, who rapidly established an international reputation after his first solo exhibition was held in 1984 at the Edward Totah Gallery, London. Subsequent solo exhibitions were held at the Kunstmuseum, Dusseldorf in 1985 and with the Bernard Jacobson Gallery both in London and New York. A retrospective of his work (1974 - 1994) was held at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool in 1995 and a further retrospective was held at the Royal West of England Academy in 1998.
He went on to become a visiting tutor at the Royal College of Art and Central School of Art from 1985 to 1988. He was visiting tutor at Saint Martins School of Art from 1984 to 1994. In 1995 he was Artist in Residence at GOFA University of NSW, Australia, and was Visiting Tutor at the Royal Academy Schools from 1994 until 1998. Cockrill was Keeper of the Royal Academy Schools (2005 to 2011).