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: Eileen Cooper, Ruby Red, 2019, oil on canvas ©Eileen Cooper, Courtesy Huxley – Parlour Gallery

Eileen Cooper: Personal Space

Huxley-Parlour Gallery / October 17 - November 16, 2019

https://huxleyparlour.com/exhibitions/eileen-cooper-personal-space/

Huxley-Parlour Gallery is delighted to present Personal Space, an exhibition of new oil paintings by the acclaimed British artist Eileen Cooper RA.

The 15 new works presented fuse objective drawing from life, a new part of her practice, with the instantly recognisable, imaginative works and the use of graphic line, flattened space and bold colour palette she is known for. The focus of the exhibition is on the female figure in private and intimate spaces, expanding on themes Cooper has explored throughout her forty-year career, those of universal female experience, primarily fertility, sexuality and motherhood.

The works depict woman engaged in intimate and sometimes simple acts, including brushing or washing hair or applying make-up. Through these works, Cooper investigates the rhythms and rituals of ‘getting ready’. Other paintings celebrate female friendship, sisterhood and sense of self. All of the subjects appear confident, gazing stridently out at the viewer or at their own figures in the multitude of mirrors that populate the paintings.

Giles Huxley-Parlour, gallery director, says: ‘As one of the country’s most influential female painters, Cooper has been a force in the British art world for many years and I am very pleased to announce our first exhibition together. In these joyous, strongly graphic pictures is encased the spirit of an artist determined to work at the highest levels of artistic dexterity, but also to produce work that speaks to us all of the universal human experience that she so voraciously absorbs. It is a powerful and compelling combination.’

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