Blast Boadicea, 1966
Jean Cooke RA (1927 - 2008)
RA Collection: Art
Cooke has painted many self-portraits throughout her career. She has written that ‘sometimes I paint self-portraits to show off, sometimes to hide away in solitude, sometimes to say ‘Here I am’, sometimes to say ‘I want to be alone’. But always there is a searching for the unknown, the previously unperceived.’
In talking about this painting Cooke explained that she started painting this self-portrait wearing an old fashioned brass fireman’s helmet, but that when her husband gave the helmet away she nearly gave up. However on seeing the picture in the bay window from outside the house Cooke decided to continue, convinced that ‘whatever it is, it is a very strong image.’
1220 mm x 1220 mm
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