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Eileen Cooper

B. United Kingdom, 1953

Highlights

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Installation View of Eileen Cooper, Personal Space
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Installation view of Personal Space, Eileen Cooper’s 2019 solo exhibition with Huxley-Parlour

Installation View of Eileen Cooper, Personal Space
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The exhibition revisited and expanded on themes that Cooper has explored throughout her forty-year career, those of universal female experience, primarily fertility, sexuality and motherhood.

Installation View of Eileen Cooper, Personal Space
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[L-R]: Take Five (2019), Body and Soul (2019), Personal Space (2019) and Sentimental Mood (2019).

The Works

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Take Five

2019

Oil on canvas

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Personal Space

2019

Oil on canvas

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Eileen Cooper

Body and Soul

2019

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Eileen Cooper

Sentimental Mood

2019

Oil on canvas

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Eileen Cooper

Lipstick

2019

Oil on canvas

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Eileen Cooper

The Food of Love

2019

Oil on canvas

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Eileen Cooper

Heaven and Earth

2012

Oil on canvas

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Eileen Cooper

Run Rabbit Run

2013

Oil on canvas

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Eileen Cooper

Swim

2021

Oil on canvas

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Eileen Cooper

Float

2021

Oil on canvas

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Eileen Cooper

Deep Water

2021

Oil on canvas

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Eileen Cooper

Child

2019

Oil on canvas

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Eileen Cooper

Swan

2012

Oil on canvas

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Eileen Cooper

Believe

2019

Oil on canvas

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The Painted Man

2019

Oil on canvas

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Eileen Cooper

Blue Duet

2016

Oil on canvas

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Eileen Cooper

Paper Doll

2012

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Eileen Cooper

Lily Rose

2016

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Every Mother’s Son

2019

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Eileen Cooper

Sea of Love

2020

Oil on canvas

Eileen Cooper

B. United Kingdom 1953

Eileen-Cooper-c-Malcolm-Southward-2019

B. United Kingdom 1953

Biography

Eileen Cooper makes figurative paintings that encompass themes of fertility, sexuality, motherhood, life and death. Cooper produces work from an unapologetically female perspective, often containing a strong autobiographical element. Her vision encompasses a wide emotional range, with an allegorical approach. As well as the female figure, animals and objects enter Cooper’s compositions, often playing symbolic or totemic roles. Her motif-filled imagery has often been described as magical realism, although she has cited Indian, Persian and Egyptian art as influences on her paintings. Her rich and sometimes expressionistic use of colour, as well as her use of strong and simplified line has been likened to the works of Henri Matisse and Paul Gauguin, as well as to Expressionists Emil Nolde and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner.

Cooper studied at Goldsmiths School of Art from 1971 until 1974, before completing an MA in painting at the Royal College of Art in 1977. She rose to prominence as an artist in the 1980s, during which time she also held teaching posts at both St Martins School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools. She became a Royal Academician in 2001 and served as Keeper of the Royal Academy between 2010 and 2017.

Cooper has been the subject of numerous publications, including Eileen Cooper: A Woman’s Skin by Meredith M Hale and Philip Lindley, and Eileen Cooper: Between the Lines by Martin Gayford. She has had numerous international exhibitions, including solo exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts and Dulwich Picture Gallery, London. Cooper curated and co-ordinated the Royal Academy of Arts’ 249th annual Summer Exhibition in 2017. Her work is held in several important collections including The Arts Council Britain, the Victoria and Albert Museum and The British Museum, London. In 2016, Cooper was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her services to Art and Art Education. She is an Honorary Fellow at Murray Edwards College at the University of Cambridge, and the Royal College of Art; and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Southampton Solent University in 2014.

She lives and works in London.

Discover

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Exhibitions

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Eileen Cooper: Personal Space

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