austin cooper (1890-1964)

Cooper was born in 1890 in Souris, Manitoba, Canada, the son of an Irish farmer. He moved with his family to Cardiff, Wales in 1896.

He studied at Cardiff School of Art and won a scholarship to the Patrick Allan-Fraser School of Art, Arbroath, where he studied 1905–9. He then settled in London and attended evening classes at the City and Guilds School, Kennington, under Innes Fripp.

Cooper returned to Canada and worked as a commercial artist and interior decorator until 1915 when he joined the Army. He finally settled in London in 1922.

Cooper worked as a poster designer until 1943 when he began to paint. He is also known for his abstract collages.

Cooper's first one-man exhibition was at the London Gallery 1948 and in Paris at the Galerie Craven 1959; since 1955 has exhibited at Gimpel Fils.

The Tate hold examples of his work.