Jessica Cooper, born 1967, grew up in Cornwall before attending Goldsmiths College from 1986-1989. She is a Royal West of England Academician and a member of the Newlyn Society of Artists.
Recent exhibitions include:
It Doesn't Take Much to Make Me Happy, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Cornwall
The Intimate Landscape, Belgrave Gallery, St Ives
The View From Here, Edgar Modern, Bath
'A vase of flowers, a bowl of fruit, an isolated house set in a wild landscape, Jessica's paintings never fail to engage with the onlooker. From an early age she knew exactly what she wanted to be, an artist.
Our house was full of her notebooks, drawings and paintings and over the years I have watched her journey from kitchen pin-board to gallery wall. Her deceptively simple images hang in the mind's eye, touching a core in her audience like a refrain of music or a line of poetry, tapping into our own memories and experiences in an uncanny way; not just those of 'great moment' but of the little delights of everyday life. Her work is imbued with a significance that answers to both our aesthetic and emotional needs.'
- Carol Cooper, excerpt from the catalogue foreword 'Because I Love to Paint'