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Jean Cooke trained at the Central School of Art, Goldsmiths College and the Royal College of Art. From the mid-1960s she became a lecturer at the Royal College and was elected an RA in 1972. The self-portrait has been a recurring theme throughout her career. She has written: ‘Sometimes I paint self-portraits to show off, sometimes to hide away in solitude, sometimes to say ‘Here I am’, sometimes to say ‘I want to be alone’. But always there is a searching for the unknown, the previously unperceived.’

September 2004