Artist Eileen Cooper RA is taking centre stage in the British Art Scene with a major retrospective exhibition of her drawings opening at the Royal Academy, London on 29th May 2015, her first solo exhibition at Rabley Drawing Centre and the publication of a beautiful monograph – Eileen Cooper ‘Between the Lines’ with essays by Martin Gayford and Sara Lee.
Listen to the wonderful interview with Eileen on BBC’s FrontRow from Wednesday 27 May. She talks about her role as the first Keeper of the Royal Academy of Arts, her retrospective at the Royal Academy and is a resounding voice for women artists.
Eileen Cooper’s first solo exhibition at Rabley Drawing Centre opened on 18th May and will run until 19 June 2015. The private view was a sunny afternoon, with visitors coming from all over the country to enjoy this beautiful show accompanied by cream teas in the garden. Large drawings and intimate gouaches are complimented by her new bronze sculptures. Find out more about the exhibition and plan a visit.
Tendril, Ink and Charcoal, 106 x 75cm
29 May — 23 August 2015
This exhibition, which coincides with the publication of a monograph celebrating Cooper’s career, presents drawings spanning almost 40 years. Cooper creates work that possesses a strongly poetic and distinctive vision, and the artist has been described as a ‘magical realist’. An accomplished painter and printmaker, Cooper’s practice has always been underpinned by drawing. This remarkable body of work illustrates how her distinctive imagery has developed through making drawings that explore such subjects as sexuality, birth, family, fecundity and creativity. We are delighted to display, as part of the exhibition, the artist’s gift to the Royal Academy Collections of ten previously unseen mixed-media drawings. These feature Cooper’s iconic female figures, and are multi-layered and complex in form.
Between the Lines
Written by Martin Gayford and Sara Lee
Published by the Royal Academy of Arts, May 2015
Available to buy – £30 (P&P + £3)
Wednesday 17 June at 2.30 pm
Limited places. Online booking essential.
Proceeds to Naomi House.