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Published: 06 April 2019

By Andy Ross

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Suzanne Cooper

Suzanne Cooper was a Modernist painter and wood engraver who also made petit point designs for cushions.

Unknown to most except her family, Suzanne was considered one of the rising stars of British art in the 1930's but stopped painting after the Second World War. She did continue with pastels and chalks however and passed away in 1992. A week long exhibition in Morley College, London, following on from other shows in England, has just closed but the artist's work can be seen online at https://www.suzannecooper.org

Interestingly, it being the 1930's and 40's, needlework was A Thing. I do not know when Suzanne made her cushions but would love to see one of them. If you look at the wood engravings section of the website you will see a piece showing tropical butterflies. Apparently some of those butterflies found themselves in the cushions. Now wouldn't that be a lovely thing to see? 

Thank you to our eagle-eyed roving reporter out there in Londonland who spotted this exhibition on its last day. Now we have a new artist to look out for...