Biography of Linda Cooper

Linda Cooper (née Ryle) was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. She did a foundation course at the Art College there before going on to Goldsmiths' College, London, where she obtained a Degree in Fine Art. Linda lived and worked in London until 1975 when with her husband, the painter Julian Cooper, she moved to the Lake District. In 2002 they moved to Cockermouth.

Well known as Linda Cooper for her paintings of animals, she has had many commissions and also published two prints and 26 other images as greeting cards. Most of her work is in oil on canvas or wood, but she uses a variety of media including pastel and watercolour.

Alongside the animal paintings Linda has pursued alternative themes which she began to exhibit under her maiden name. The first solo show of this work was at Percy House Gallery in 2004 under the title 'Wood & Water': paintings inspired by the sound and movement of wind through leaves and branches, and trees as different 'characters'.

Water is a recurring subject in Linda's work. She has often painted the sea in its various moods, also rivers and becks, where sunlight catches pebbles, and reeds drag and flow

In the 1990s Linda produced a series of paintings based on a fascination with ancient Egyptian funerary art. Objects were portrayed in invented spaces and included personal items as well as some from museums such as the British Museum, plus some complete invention.

More recently Linda made a series of paintings based on an 18th century spice cupboard in the house at Cockermouth. These paintings link back to earlier ones and she feels there is something reassuring about the way disparate subjects present themselves apparently by accident, only to reveal their connectedness as the work progresses.

CV and Exhibitions
Education
1963-65 Foundation Course, Newcastle College of Art
1965-68 Dip. A.D, Goldsmiths' College, University of London
1968-69 A.T.D, Liverpool College of Art
Solo Exhibitions
2004 Wood & Water, Percy House Gallery, Cockermouth
1994 Isis Gallery, Melmerby
1994 Studio Gallery, Brantwood, Coniston
1992 Paintings, Drawings & Prints, Castlegate House Gallery, Cockermouth
Group Exhibitions
2011 Open Up North, Brewery Art Centre, Kendal
2011 Excavations, new paintings by Julian Cooper and Linda Ryle, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
2008 Outside the Glass, Perspectives on Norman Nicholson, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick and Alexandra Gallery, Lancaster
2007 Earth, Air and Water, Red Barn Gallery, Melkinthorpe
2006 Women Artists, Percy House Gallery, Cockermouth
2005 The Daffodils, Brantwood, Coniston and touring to Keswick, Sussex and South Africa
2003 Mixed Show, Percy House Gallery, Cockermouth
1998 Interiors, Brewery Restaurant Gallery, Kendal
1997 C.O.3, Open show, Tullie House, Carlisle
1997 20 by 20, Summer Show, University Gallery, Newcastle
1996 Tarns and Waterfalls of Cumbria, Oddfellows Gallery, Kendal
1995 Laing Art Competition, University Gallery, Newcastle, then Mall Galleries, London
1994 Art in the Garden, Oddfellows gallery, Kendal
1994 Northern Lights 1, Clayton Gallery, Newcastle
1992 Art for Sale, Guardian Newspaper and at Whiteley's, London
1992 Carlisle Open Exhibition, Tullie House, Carlisle
1991 Mixed Show, Brantwood Studio Gallery, Coniston
1990 Northern Printmaking, Billingham, Teeside
1988 London Group, Royal College of Art, London
Bibliography
2005 Cumbria Life, February
2005 The Daffodils catalogue Essay by Jacob Polley
2004 Cat Kist edited by Jane Ramsden
2004 Ilha de Olhos e Espehos by Izabel Brandau
1996 Tarns and Waterfalls of Cumbria, catalogue
1996 Challenging the Status Quo - 1996 Cumbria Visual Arts Festival catalogue
1994 Investigating Galleries by Debbie Duffin, A.N. Publications
1994 Art in the Garden, catalogue
1992 Linda Cooper by Chris Wadsworth, Cumbria Life, May/June
1992 Art for Sale The Guardian
1984 to present day More than 26 reproductions published by the artist in card format
 

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