Morley Gallery: Suzanne Cooper
Dates1 Apr-6 Apr 2019
TimesMon-Fri 11.00-18.00 Sat 12.00-16.00.
Morley Gallery, 61 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7HT
This exhibition will be the first time Suzanne Cooper’s beguiling pictures have been seen in London for seventy years.
In 1935, when she was a 19 year-old student, Suzanne Cooper was already showing in West End galleries and being singled out by critics as an ‘outstanding’ young artist.
In the next four years she produced over thirty oil paintings and a dozen wood-engravings, all of them distinguished by the striking originality of her vision. Her career was interrupted by World War II, and then by marriage and motherhood. She laid aside her artistic ambitions and stowed her canvasses under the spare-room bed. The art-world forgot her. She died in 1992.
In 2018 her work was rediscovered, with a solo show at the Fry Art Gallery greeted by reviewers as ‘revelatory’. Her strange, charming, gently surreal paintings have been likened to Christopher Wood’s, and her beautifully-executed engravings to Eric Ravilious’s.
Credit: Suzanne Cooper