Eileen Cooper RA British, b. 1953


Eileen Cooper OBE RA  has made figurative paintings that encompass themes of fertility, sexuality, motherhood, life and death throughout her career. She studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths College and then at the Royal College of Art in the 1970s, before teaching at St Martins and the Royal College of Art. She was elected a Royal Academician in 2000 and served as Keeper of the Royal Academy from 2010 - 2017, one of 4 officers selected from the 80 Academicians and the first woman to occupy this position in the RA's history. Cooper's work offers up a prescient and insightful magical realism evoked through bright colours and graphic outlines.

 Her work can be found in the permanent collections of many national and international institutions, including The Arts Council; The British Government; The Royal Collection; British Museum; Victoria & Albert Museum; Royal Academy of Art; Royal College of Art; University of London; Birmingham Museum & Gallery; Manchester Gallery; Whitworth Gallery; Pallant House Gallery; Swindon Art Gallery; Cambridge University; Dallas Museum of Art USA; Yale University USA.