Eileen Cooper

Eileen Cooper RA
Born (1953-06-10) 10 June 1953 (age 68)
Nationality British
Known for Contemporary painter and printmaker
Website http://www.eileencooper.co.uk/

Eileen Cooper OBE RA(born 10 June 1953) is a British artist, known primarily as a painter and printmaker.[1]


Between 1977 and 2000 she was visiting lecturer at arts schools across the UK including Falmouth School of Art, Leicester College of Art & Design, St Martin’s School of Art, Camberwell College of Arts, and City & Guilds of London Art School. She lectured on Printmaking at the Royal College of Art between 1994 and 2006 and became Head of Printmaking at the Royal Academy Schools in 2005 until 2010.

She was elected a Royal Academician in 2001.[2] From 2010-17 Cooper served as Keeper of the Royal Academy, one of only 4 officers selected from the 80 Royal Academicians, and with primary responsibility for the Royal Academy Schools, thereby becoming the first woman to be elected to this role in the Royal Academy’s 250-year history.[3]

In 2017, Cooper curated and co-ordinated the Royal Academy of Arts’ 249th annual Summer Exhibition,[4] Royal Academy of Arts, London

Selected solo exhibitions

  • 2018 Under the Same Moon, Letitia Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
  • 2017   Till the Morning Comes, The Fine Art Society, London
  • 2017   Eileen Cooper: A Woman’s Skin, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge
  • 2016   Between the Lines, Galerie MIRO, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2015   Hide and Seek: Work on Paper 1977-2014, Royal Academy of Arts, London (touring to Swindon Museum and Art Gallery; The Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate)
  • 2015   In the Garden, Rabley Drawing Centre, Marlborough, Wiltshire
  • 2013   Edge to Edge, Art First, London
  • 2012   South Lookout Project, Aldeburgh Beach, Suffolk
  • 2010   Collages, Royal Academy of Arts, London
  • 2008   Taking Stock: The Printmaking of Eileen Cooper RA, Clifford Chance, London and Liverpool Hope University
  • 2000   Raw Material: Eileen Cooper at Dulwich Picture Gallery, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London
  • 1999   Second Skin: Eileen Cooper in the 80s and 90s travelling exhibition (Wolverhampton, Nottingham, Eastbourne)
  • 1994   Eileen Cooper at Sadlers Wells, Sadlers Wells Theatre, London
  • 1992   Drawings, Benjamin Rhodes Gallery, London
  • 1986   Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
  • 1979   AIR Gallery, London

Selected group exhibitions

Selected public collections

Awards and honours


  • Under the Same Moon by Anna McNay, Letitia Gallery, Beirut
  • Eileen Cooper: A Woman’s Skin by Meredith M Hale and Philip Lindley, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, 2017
  • Eileen Cooper: Till the Morning Comes by Michèle Roberts, The Fine Art Society, London, 2017
  • Eileen Cooper: Between the Lines by Martin Gayford, Royal Academy of Arts, 2015
  • Hide and Seek: Work on Paper 1977-2014 by Anna McNay, Royal Academy of Arts, 2015
  • The New British Painting by Edward Lucie-Smith, Carolyn Cohen and Judith Higgins, Phaidon, Oxford 1988
  • Contemporary Women Artists by Sister Wendy Beckett, Oxford, 1988
  • Trans Avant Garde International: New Painting in Britain by Achille Bonito Oliva, Milan, 1982

Television and broadcast

  • In the Studio film by Charlie Paul, 2015
  • Art School, Smart School, BBC Radio 4 documentary, produced by Just Radio Ltd, 20 November 2014
  • Women Artists interview with Emma Jane Kirby for ‘PM’, BBC Radio 4, 28 August 2014
  • What I See Project, film, 2013,
  • A Story of Eileen Cooper, Artist and Keeper of the Royal Academy’, [www.ladieswhoimpress.com Ladieswholmpress], 17 October 2013
  • Women’s Hour, BBC Radio 4, 2012
  • Art School Education interview by Alexander Massouras for Tate Library & Archive, 16 September 2010
  • Inside Art documentary series, Channel 4, 1994 (BAFTA nominated)
  • The Art documentary, BBC Education 1993


  1. ^ "Now representing: Eileen Cooper OBE RA". Bridgemanimages.com. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Eileen Cooper | Artist | Royal Academy of Arts". Royalacademy.org.uk. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  3. ^ "At Home With Artist Eileen Cooper OBE: By Fiona Sanderson". The Luxury Channel.
  4. ^ "Royal Academy Summer Exhibition | Art in London". Time Out London. Retrieved 8 September 2019.

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