Paula Rego

Paula Rego (b. 1935, Lisbon, Portugal) currently lives and works in London and Portugal. She studied at the Slade School of Fine Art. Working from literature, myths, fairy tales, cartoons and religious texts, Rego creates narrative works imbued with mystery. She is drawn to subjects that are well known and well resolved, and takes her imagery from sources as varied as Peter Pan and Mary Magdalene. Her first experiments with printmaking were tentative, but as she discovered the various techniques open to her, her work became liberated and extremely powerful. She commented, "I turn to etching, and lithography, with a sense of exuberance and relief. In printmaking you can give your imagination full-range and see the results almost immediately. So one image triggers the idea for the next one and so on." Rego's work is part of many public collections including the Arts Council, London, England, Berardo Collection, Lisbon, Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna, Sintra, Portugal, British Museum, London, Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, National Gallery, London, National Portrait Gallery, London, Portuguese Embassy, London, Tate Gallery, Liverpool and the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.

Last updated: 24.09.2014


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