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7.10 – 16.11 2019

Eileen Cooper:Personal Space

Eileen Cooper:Personal Space

07.10 – 16.11.2019

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Monday to Saturday

10:00 am – 5:30 pm

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3-5 Swallow Street,
London, W1B 4DE

Huxley-Parlour Gallery were pleased to exhibit a group of 15 new paintings by Eileen Cooper RA. The works included fuse objective drawing from life, a new part of her practice, with the instantly recognisable, passionate and imaginative works for which she is best-known.

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Installation View . Eileen Cooper | Personal Space

Entitled Personal Space, the focus of the exhibition is on the female figure in nurturing and intimate spaces, explored with confidence, sensitivity and awareness. Through these images, Cooper revisits and expands on themes that she has explored throughout her forty-year career, those of universal female experience, primarily fertility, sexuality and motherhood. In this latest body of work, Cooper has also incorporated images celebrating friendship, sisterhood and sense of self. Many of the images show female figures in private spaces, engaged in intimate and sometimes simple acts, including brushing or washing hair or applying makeup. Cooper’s protagonists are confident, gazing stridently out at the viewer or at their own figures in the many mirrors that populate this body of work.

Although not strictly representational, this latest body of work comes after an intensive year of drawing from life, a marked change in the artist’s process, after a lifetime of working directly from imagination. Cooper has skilfully blended this new part of her practise with her characteristic use of graphic, decisive line, flattened space and bold colour palette.The resulting imagery explores the powerful tension created between the universal and the particular, and of the real and the imagined.

THE EXHIBITION

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The Works

15

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Eileen Cooper

Take Five

2019

Oil on canvas

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Eileen Cooper

Ritual

2019

Oil on canvas

3

Eileen Cooper

Personal Space

2019

Oil on canvas

4

Eileen Cooper

Body and Soul

2019

Oil on canvas

5

Eileen Cooper

Sentimental Mood

2019

Oil on canvas

6

Eileen Cooper

Lipstick

2019

Oil on canvas

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Eileen Cooper

The Food of Love

2019

Oil on canvas

8

Eileen Cooper

Secret Garden

2019

Oil on canvas

9

Eileen Cooper

Child

2019

Oil on canvas

10

Eileen Cooper

Ruby Red

2019

Oil on canvas

11

Eileen Cooper

Believe

2019

Oil on canvas

12

Eileen Cooper

The Painted Man

2019

Oil on canvas

13

Eileen Cooper

Sisters

2019

Oil on canvas

14

Eileen Cooper

Every Mother’s Son

2019

Oil on canvas

15

Eileen Cooper

Learning to Read

2019

Oil on canvas

Although not strictly representational, this latest body of work comes after an intensive year of drawing from life, a marked change in the artist’s process, after a lifetime of working directly from imagination. Cooper has skilfully blended this new part of her practise with her characteristic use of graphic, decisive line, flattened space and bold colour palette.The resulting imagery explores the powerful tension created between the universal and the particular, and of the real and the imagined.

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.

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