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Eileen Cooper R.A.- In Conversation with Anna McNay

9th May | 4.30pm
Free
At a time when conceptual art and performance were de rigueur, Eileen Cooper RA remained true to figuration, soon discovering that drawing and painting from her imagination, instead of from life, gave her a freedom to express and explore ideas and themes that became important to her. Her often large-scale, brightly coloured, primal and primitive compositions followed Cooper on her journey through womanhood and motherhood, with many recurring motifs, including the ladder, the swing, the trapeze, the boat and the bird.

For Cooper, the line has always dominated her practice. Drawing has never been just a preliminary or secondary practice. The size and scale of her works on paper – some nearly 10 feet tall – reflects the significance she accords the medium, many comprising multiple sheets of paper collaged together as her figures – falling, climbing, dancing, flying – burst out of the frame.

In conversation with Anna McNay, Cooper will discuss some of her themes and motifs; her love of drawing and printmaking; and her recent works, currently on show at Rook & Raven, which experiment with ways of mixing drawing and painting.

About Eileen Cooper RA
Eileen Cooper RA was born in Glossop, Derbyshire, in 1953. At 17, she undertook a foundation course in art at the nearby Ashton-under-Lyne College of Further Education and, from there, she progressed to Goldsmiths and later to the Royal College of Art. Cooper was elected a Royal Academician in 2001 and, in 2011, she became the first woman Keeper at the Royal Academy. She is represented by Rook & Raven, London.

About Anna McNay
Anna McNay is a freelance art writer and editor. She is Deputy Editor at State Media and Arts Editor at DIVA magazine. She contributes regularly to Studio International, Photomonitor and The Mail on Sunday and has been widely published in a variety of other print and online art and photography journals and newspapers. She has written numerous catalogue essays, including for Eileen Cooper at the Royal Academy of Arts.

This event is free and open to the public but seating is limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
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