Eileen Cooper

Eileen Cooper, OBE, RA, was born in Glossop, England, in 1953. After studying at Goldsmiths College and the Royal College of Art, she taught in several major arts institutes across the UK from 1977 onwards, and in 2005 was made Head of Printmaking at the Royal Academy. From 2010-2017 she was elected Keeper of the Royal Academy and was the first woman to fill this role.


Cooper's prints are steeped in a distinctive expressionism; her highly personal style always reflects stages in her own life that readily associate with archetypal themes and mythologies. A playful spirit pervades the recent work. Eileen's figures are depicted with a linear vibrancy and a luminosity that is explosive in its aliveness, its passion and its tenderness.