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AUSTIN COOPER (1890 – 1964) (Canadian/British)

Collage over Card titled “Taulipang”

14 ˝” x 19” (368mm x 483mm)

Overall framed size 26 ˝” x 29 ˝” (673mm x 750mm)                                                    IMAGE


Provenance:  Exhibited Gimpel Fils Gallery, London.  Bears original exhibition label and Artist’s label signed, titled and dated 1953.  The picture is accompanied by his biography by Ruth Artmonsky “Austin Cooper, Master of the Poster” regarding his posters and collages.  For further examples of his collage work see The Tate Gallery Collection - two collages presented by the Gulbenkian Foundation, purchased at Gimpel Fils Gallery.  Also the New York Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art  - An exhibition “The Art of Assemblage” 1961.  Illustrated in the catalogue page 102 No. 42 in the exhibition from the Gimpel Fils Gallery where his work was exhibited alongside that of Braque, Dubuffet, Picasso, Man Ray, Jean Arp, Duchamp, De Kooning, Margritte, Miro, Motherwell and Severini etc. etc.  



Austin Cooper was a maker of abstract collages, a watercolourist, poster designer and teacher.  He was born in Souris, Manitoba, Canada and when he was six years old the family moved to Cardiff.  He studied at the School of Art there winning a scholarship to the Patrick Allan-Fraser School of Art in Arbroath.  He studied there from 1905 to 1909.  In 1910 he attended evening classes in London at the City and Guilds School under Innes Fripp.  He worked as a commercial artist and interior designer in Canada for a period after which he served in the Army during World Ward I.  He then spent some more time in Canada and returned to England in the 1920s where he designed posters and in the 1940s he began to paint seriously.  His first one-man show was held at London Gallery in 1948 and he exhibited at Gimpel Fills from 1955.  He also exhibited at Galerie Craven in Paris.  The Tate Gallery holds several examples of his work and he is also represented in the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Imperial War Museum, the Wallace Collection, London Transport Museum, Postal Heritage Museum, British Council Collection, National Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo), Centro de Arte Moderna (Lisbon), Museum of Modern Art (New York) and Library of Congress (Washington).