Eileen Cooper’s Lemon Tree joins UK Government Art Collection
A major painting by Eileen Cooper has been acquired by the UK Government Art Collection. Lemon Tree was produced as part of a recent body of work inspired by Lebanese history and landscape, in which Cooper continued her exploration of nature, the body, and cultural history.
“I was inspired by the ancient history and natural beauty of Lebanon and the incredible warmth and resilience of the people. The Cedar tree, Lemon and Orange Groves and their symbolic, cultural and historic place in Lebanese identity also played a part in my approach. As always in my work, the female figure is central to the imagery.”
The UK Government Art Collection places works of art in major government buildings in the UK and around the world to promote British art, culture and history. The Collection now contains over 14,000 works of art from the 16th century to the present day in a broad range of media. Cooper’s work is also held in several important UK collections including those of The Arts Council, the Victoria and Albert Museum and The British Museum.