Eileen Cooper was born in 1953 in Glossop, near Manchester. She studied fine art at Goldsmith's College and Royal College of Art, London, where she now teaches print-making. Cooper is one of the major British figurative artists who emerged in the mid 1980's. Solo exhibitions include Castlefield Art Gallery, Manchester, Artsite, Bath, Benjamin Rhodes Gallery, London, and a touring show of graphics to Darlington, Harrogate and Scarborough Art Galleries.In 2001 she was elected Royal Academician and exhibits work in the annual Summer Exhibition. In June 2004 Cooper made her first appearance in Scotland with a solo show of paintings, prints and drawings at the Glasgow Print Centre.