Eileen Cooper RA

Eileen Cooper studied at Goldsmiths College, London (1971 to 1974) and the Royal College of Art, London (1974 to 1977). For many years she was a Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College (where she was made a Fellow in 2006) and City & Guilds of London Art School, before becoming Head of Printmaking at the Royal Academy Schools, where in 2011 she was the first woman to be elected Keeper.

Well known as a printmaker and painter, her stylised work is rooted in a figurative tradition and characterised by the use of bold linearity and formal composition. Her images are imbued with playful narratives and her protagonists are often surrounded by artefacts and imagery that testifies to the tension between quotidian and romantic concerns.

Her first solo exhibition was held in 1979 at the Air Gallery, with subsequent shows throughout the UK, including Blond Fine Art, London (1982, 1983 and 1985), Artspace Gallery, Aberdeen (1985), Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (1986) and Artsite Gallery, Bath (1987). Since 1988, regular exhibitions of her work have been held at Benjamin Rhodes Gallery and at Art First, London.

She has also participated in many group exhibitions, including New Contemporaries (1974, 1976), Hayward Annual (1982), John Moores XV (1986) and New British Painting, held at the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, in the United States.


Born: 10 June 1953

Elected RA: 24 May 2001

Royal Academician

Engravers, Printmakers and Draughtsmen