Eileen Cooper at The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2019

Five works by Eileen Cooper RA are included in this year’s Summer Exhibition: the 251st iteration to be held at the Royal Academy of Arts since 1769. The exhibition, curated this year by Jock McFadyen RA, brings together prints and paintings, film, photography, sculpture and architectural works by leading artists, architects, Royal Academicians as well as new and emerging talent.

Two paintings and three woodcuts by Cooper can be found on display in Gallery 9, and capture Cooper’s characteristically colourful and introspective female protagonists, who are often to be found amongst nature or in dialogue with totemic animal forms. Two small linocuts by the artist – Peace and Search – are also held in the Academy’s permanent collection, originally exhibited to celebrate Cooper’s election as an Academician in 2001. The artist has said that linocuts and woodcuts, rather than more multifarious printing processes such as etching, are particularly important to her ‘because drawing underlies everything I do. With those, you are just drawing directly in the block with a tool.’

Following her election as a Royal Academician, Cooper served as Keeper of the Royal Academy between 2010 and 2017. She has had numerous international exhibitions, including solo exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts and Dulwich Picture Gallery, London. Her work is held in several important collections including The Arts Council Britain, the Victoria and Albert Museum and The British Museum, London.

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition runs through August 12 at Burlington House, with sales proceeds helping to fund the Academy’s non-profit-making activities, including the RA Schools. Find out more here.

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