Eileen Cooper has recently returned to drawing from life in her London studio, inviting friends and students from her time at the Royal Academy Schools. These portraits strike an empathetic tone with the relaxed and intimate distance created between artist and model(s), their body language at ease with love and contemplation.
The figure is central to Cooper’s imagery, her compositions underpinned by the complex question of human relationships. Cooper’s strong drawing with fluid simplified lines and colourful compositions make her work immediately recognisable.
Born in the Peak District in 1953, Cooper has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally. Her work is held in many public and private collections including as the Arts Council Collection; The British Museum; The Royal Collection; Victoria & Albert Museum; Dallas Museum of Art, Texas; Kunsthalle, Nuremberg; Walpole Library, Yale University.
These and other works by Eileen Cooper will be exhibited as part of the London Art Fair 2021 from 18-31 January and in an exhibition 'An Intimate Distance' with Craigie Aitchison, Eileen Cooper, and Natasha Michaels and Jo Taylor at Rabley Gallery in Feb 21.