Renowned artist coup for gallery

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A famed Glossop-born artist is to exhibit her work in Cumbria for the first time.

Eileen Cooper is a member of the Royal Academy of Arts, where only 80 artists are granted the honour at any one time. She is the first woman in its history to be named the Keeper of the RA, which means she is the head of the Royal Academy Schools.

Her work will go on show at Castlegate House Gallery in Cockermouth from Monday, May 30, until Thursday, June 23, with the gallery continuing to represent her on an ongoing basis thereafter.

Eileen’s work has been described as that of a ‘magic realist’ with strong female and autobiographical themes. Instantly recognisable, her creativity encompasses drawings, printmaking and painting.

A major retrospective was held at the Royal Academy during 2015, to coincide with the publication of a book illustrating much of her work from the past three decades. A further touring exhibition will take place during the course of 2016.

One room of Castlegate House Gallery will be dedicated to Eileen’s work. A dozen of her paintings and drawings, and several woodcut prints will be exhibited.

Steve Swallow, co-owner of the gallery, said: “Persuading an artist of Eileen’s calibre and fame to venture this far north is a real coup for a provincial gallery. We know that art lovers from miles around will want to come to view her drawings and paintings, the likes of which you would normally have to travel to London to see.”