Artist biography

Austin COOPER b. 1890

Maker of abstract collages. Born 6 March 1890 in Souris, Manitoba, Canada, son of an Irish farmer. Settled with his family in Cardiff 1896. Studied at Cardiff School of Art; won a scholarship to the Allan Frazer College of Art, Arbroath, where he studied 1905–9; then settled in London and attended evening classes at the City and Guilds School, Kennington, under Innes Fripp. Returned to Canada and worked as a commercial artist and interior decorator until 1915 when he joined the Army; after war service in Flanders returned to Canada and finally settled in London in 1922. Worked as a poster designer until 1943 when he began to paint. First one-man exhibition at the London Gallery 1948 and in Paris at the Galerie Craven 1959; since 1955 has exhibited at Gimpel Fils.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I