The original paintings by Alfred & William Heaton Cooper are the foundation of the Studio, both as a source of images for the prints and books and as a living showcase of their lives' work in the gallery. Alfred & William Heaton Cooper both painted extensively in the Lake District as well as other mountainous areas around the world in all seasons and weather conditions.
Alfred Heaton Cooper, one of six children was born in 1863, to parents of modest means, in Halliwell, Bolton, on the fringes of the West Pennine Moors.
As the children grew up, the family made many sacrifices to educate them. None was more proud than Alfred’s father, especially when he left school to become a clerk in Bolton Town Hall, His mother, however, knew of his passion for drawing and painting and encouraged him to submit some of his work to see if he could obtain an art scholarship.
Alfred was successful; in 1884 he gave up his career as a clerk and went to London, where he studied under George Clausen. It is here that Alfred explored the influences of Turner, Constable and the Barbizon school.
Alfred cut short his studies to travel and embark on a quest to capture the very essence of the landscapes he would later surrounded himself with. Alfred returned briefly to the north of England, where he retraced Turner’s journey through the Yorkshire Dales, before traveling in Morocco, and then onto northern Europe.
Travelling extensively in Denmark, Sweden and then Norway, Cooper finally established a studio in the small village of Balestrand in 1891, beside the iconic Sognefjord (nicknamed the King of the Fjords), a place popular with tourists, where he hoped to make a living.
William Heaton Cooper, born on 06th October 1903, in Coniston, in the heart of the English Lake District, was the third child of the renowned landscape artist Alfred Heaton Cooper and his wife Mathilde.
William just like his father loved to paint, and soon followed in his footsteps, gaining a scholarship to the Royal Academy School, London. He all too quickly eclipsed his father’s reputation as an artist, exhibiting at both the Royal Academy, with the Royal Society of British Artists and the Royal Institute.
William’s style of painting is considerably more impressionistic than that of his father; he was fascinated by the ever changing light to be found in the Lake District fells, as a result he would walk for miles in the fells just to glimpse a specific view often camping out to be able to see the first or last light, often resulting in his most spectacular paintings.
William also became an authority on the Lake District’s fells and their geology, spending considerable periods of time walking and rock climbing with many of the pioneering climbers of the 1920’s. This knowledge is vividly apparent in the many illustrations he undertook for the numerous rock climbing guides published by the Fell & Rock Climbing Club.
Through his painting he suggests the deep spirituality he perceived in Lakeland, a spirituality which ran through every facet of his life, and is most keenly seen in his sparse and deceptively simple renderings of those very landscapes. Image, which reflect both the simplicity of his beliefs and the sheer depth of his knowledge of the place he loved so much.
We have a number of original paintings for sale by the different generations of the Heaton Cooper family.
Original paintings by Alfred Heaton Cooper
He is known for his landscapes of the English Lake District and Norway and for illustrating several travel guidebooks.
He tramped the Lakeland fells and valleys, finding scenes which inspired him to paint and which would appeal to visitors.
Original paintings by William Heaton Cooper
William's style of mountain painting is more impresssionistic than his father's, with his knowledge of geology used to the full in his sometimes spare and skeletal depiction of crags and fells. He was fascinated by the ever changing light of Lakeland, with views seldom looking twice alike.
Original paintings by Julian Cooper
He studied fine art at Goldsmiths' College, London and has engaged with landscape, and specifically mountains, as a subject in his work intermittently since the 1960's. Julian's approach to mountain painting has lead to an international reputation, with exhibitions at home and abroad.
Original paintings by Linda Cooper
Well known for her paintings of animals, she has had many commissions.
Most of her work is in oil on canvas or wood, but she uses a variety of media including pastel and watercolour.
Crafts by Otalia Johnson
After retiring from primary school teaching, Otalia worked in Ceramics,
inspired by earth, mountains, water and the effects of light.
She is now working with Textiles, and also Wire-jewellery.
She loves experimenting with many types of textiles using a variety of
threads, natural materials, and whatever else is interesting!
Her creations include pictures, cards, cushion-covers, soft sculptures and recently, silver wire jewellery.
Do you own an original?
Is it an original or a print? Look at the surface through a magnifying glass. If the image is composed of small dots of colour and the paper surface is smooth, it is an open edition print. We would not wish to acquire it or sell it for you and it will have no particular value even if signed. If there are no dots and the paper surface is textured, it is probably an original painting.
To supply information - what we need to know
Initial enquiries about originals should indicate the size of the painting (excluding frame and any mount) and the title if known. Please email a low resolution (72dpi, about 400px long side) digital image of the painting, without which we will not be able offer much advice.
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We will value an original verbally for you free of charge if you bring it to our Studio (please phone first 015394 35280 to make sure a qualified person will be available). Written insurance valuations are £25. (Digital images or amateur photographs usually show insufficient detail for an accurate assessment.)
If you wish to sell an original, we sell them from our gallery on usual commission terms, subject to inspection. We are a major source for collectors.
Contact Rebecca Heaton Cooper to discuss terms and conditions.
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