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Reclining NudeSeated FigureIce Age Matron 2Ice ge Matron 3Large Pink Fruiting BodyAfrican HeadCoiled Torso 2

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Eilean Hooper-Greenhill Eland

Eilean Hooper-Greenhill  Eland

Artist's Profile

Eilean Hooper-Greenhill  Eland

After a Fine Art (Sculpture) degree at Reading University and an Art Teachers’ Certificate at Hornsey Collage of Art, I taught in schools, colleges and museums while developing my art practice and exhibiting, notably at Young Contemporaries at the Tate Gallery (now Tate Britain) and South Hill Park, Bracknell. In 1980, I took up an academic post in the Department of Museum Studies University of Leicester, becoming Head of Department, Professor and Director of the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG). During the 1980s, I established a ceramic sculpture studio in the Department of Adult Education, taught there part-time, and developed an approach to ceramic sculpture that forms the basis for my current work. Leaving the university in 2008 and moving to North Devon has enabled me to focus on developing my unique approach to sculpture.

Artist's Statement


I am a ceramic sculptor working on three themes: the female form, semi-abstract heads and a series I call ‘Fruiting Bodies’, which are vase-like forms, some of which are functional. My main focus at present is the female form, where much of my inspiration comes from the small stone carved female figures which were exhibited in the exhibition Ice Age Art at the British Museum in May 2013. I have been moved by these figures for over thirty years and was so pleased with the curatorial interpretation in the exhibition. These small ancient carvings, when they were first found in parts of Europe by archaeologists during the nineteenth century were routinely referred to as ‘venuses’ (e,g, Venus of Willendorf), a way of naming that positions the figures as available for the male gaze. The exhibition’s curator, however, rejected this interpretation, proposing instead that they were very likely made ‘by women, for women’ as companions on the biological journey through pregnancy, motherhood and continued nurturing. My sculptures have always presented the female body as maternal but also as strong assertions of female power and identity. One of my sculptures (Ice Age Matron 2) was awarded the Second Prize at the South West Academy of fine and Applied Art (SWAc) held at Gloss Gallery in Exeter from October 5th to November 2nd 2013.