THE STOUR GALLERY SPRING EXHIBITION
JESSICA COOPER RWA
Life Without Words - New Paintings - April 2012
Jessica Cooper RWA -
75 x 80cm
Jessica Cooper’s paintings are caught in time and circumstance, with a clarity of observation and
mark making that create their own ambiguity. Making connections, emotions evolving and revolving,
the paintings are caught in time, place and circumstance. Her subjects are the familiar that anchor
her in her life; isolated on canvas, we reappraise and interpret them through our own daily lives. We
feel we know them, as indeed we do; they are part of the shared human experience.
A sense of place, a sense of self, and a sense of the pathos of the house, the tree, the cup, flower or
fruit, are the communicating elements of Jessica Cooper’s work; that these objects and landscapes
cannot know the emotional response they trigger in us; the moment caught and held by the
paintbrush and pencil; and underpinning and supporting the emotional communication, a strongly
intuitive but academic understanding of area, colour, form and tone. In many ways visual poetry of
the sparest and most affecting kind.
Sarah Stoten, gallery director
Jessica Cooper was elected a Royal West of England Academician in 2007. She was on the Council
of Management of Newlyn Art Gallery Cornwall 2006-2008 and from 1995 has been a painting
member of The Newlyn Society of Artists as well as a mentor of The Tate St Ives Graduate Mentoring
Scheme. She won the RWA highly Commended Award and the Drawing Quarters Award from the
University of the West of England in 2005. In 2007 her work was selected for the Tate St Ives
prestigious exhibition Art Now Cornwall.
The exhibition includes stoneware and porcelain ceramics by leading potters working in Denmark:
Anne FlØche • Priscilla Mouritzen • Hans VangsØ
Courtesy of Anita Besson - Galerie Besson, London
Anne Fløche's stoneware is freely expressive, with a bold and broad definition of form, depth and
texture of glaze and an economic brush. Her crawling pigments and lyrically abstracted motifs enrich
the poetic charge of her pots and reveal a sensitive, gently humorous eye for the shapes and
characters of the natural world.
Hans Vangsø studied at the Jutland Academy of Fine Arts in Demark. He makes bold woodfired
pots, often square vases and large jars. He has exhibited widely in Denmark and Europe, and in
2002 was one of the artists selected for the major touring exhibition From the Kilns of Denmark which
travelled to New York, Berlin & Paris.
Priscilla Mouritzen: South African born; Priscilla had a studio in England before moving to Denmark
where she has lived and worked since. She makes delicate pinched porcelain bowls with engobe
glazes, patterned, textured and woodfired. She has exhibited widely in Europe and is a board
member of the Guldagergaard Ceramic Centre, Skælskør and the World Crafts Council Europe.
The Exhibition is online: www.thestourgallery.co.uk
Work is also available by Gallery artists including:
Modern Masters: Sir Peter Blake, Sandra Blow RA, Terry Frost RA, Bruce McLean, Jane O’Malley,
Tony O’Malley HRHA, Breon O’Casey, Barbara Rae RA.
Painters: Angela A’Court PS, Jo Ashby ARBA, Lynda Ruth Brown, James Campbell, John Emanuel, Anthony Frost,
Lavinia Gallie, Jane Gibbs, Diana Green, Michèle Griffiths, James Kerr, Janette Kerr RWA, John Pickering, Simon Pooley,
Simon Quadrat RWA, Mark Raggett ARWS, Geoffrey Robinson, Laura Sednaoui, Maggie Shaw, John Maxwell Steele,
Terry Whybrow, Penwith and Newlyn Societies.
With an extensive collection of ceramics, sculpture and jewellery.
The Gallery is open 10.00am - 5.30pm except Thursdays and Sundays
or by appointment
10 High Street, Shipston on Stour, Warwickshire, CV36 4AJ
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