An exhibition of work by one of Britain’s most well-regarded and respected artists, has opened at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery in Old Town and will run until 10 September.
Entitled Hide and Seek – Drawings by Eileen Cooper RA, the exhibition first opened at the Royal Academy in 2015. It is the largest exhibition of her drawings to date and spans almost 40 years of her career.
Eileen Cooper is best known for her richly-coloured and expressive paintings and prints, and gained much popularity in the 1980s with her figurative works. She was elected as a Royal Academician in 2000, and was further elected Keeper of the Royal Academy of Arts in 2010, the first woman to be elected for the role since the Academy was founded in 1768.
The exhibition presents 44 drawings from the 1970s to the present day made in a variety of media including charcoal, pencil, pastel and ink, exploring the themes of play, family, childhood and womanhood.
Eileen Cooper has also hand-picked a selection of drawings from the Swindon collection of 20th Century modern British art to accompany her work, by artists including Lucien Freud, Henry Moore and Gwen John.
The exhibition also features her work ‘Separate Ways’, which was acquired by Swindon Museum and Art Gallery over 20 years ago.
Sophie Cummings, the Curator of the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, said: “This is a very special exhibition for Swindon. Eileen has been keen to exhibit here since she heard about our collection and we’re extremely proud that it’s happening. We believe this is the first solo show by a female artist that Swindon has ever hosted.
“We’ve also had great support from the Royal Academy of Arts to stage it, and from the Rabley Drawing Centre near Marlborough, who are a big supporter of ours. This is a truly rare chance to see these fabulous works here in the West Country.”
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery in Bath Road, Old Town, is open from Wednesdays to Saturdays, 11am to 3pm.
After Swindon, the exhibition will travel to the Mercer Art Gallery in Harrogate.