The London Exhibition- The Marlborough Fine Art.
Paula Rego has lived in London and Lisbon since 1963. Her Original brand of Figurative painting falls somewhere between Picasso’s the Rose Period and Daumier’s. The Sentiment behind her subject matter is often politically charged and many of the images deal with important women’s issues. Sexuality, feminism and Emancipation.
Her Current exhibition Oratorio is on view at the Marlborough fine Arts gallery in London and runs until the 20th August.
“Oratorio” a mixed Media wardrobe like installation triptych piece with two wings ,Is situated towards the rear of the gallery illustrates all kind’s of weird and wonderful unconscious fantasy dreams has a slight aspect of the derailing of the demented mind. Her major concerns are only seen from a woman’s perspective no man could deal with issues of rape pregnancy birth, dolls and themes of weddings. In this exhibition of recent work there are two separate strands. The Etchings a group of hand coloured proofs, a personal favourite of mine was “Haven”, magnificent fine lines and sensitivity with skills close to those of Picasso’s.
In the front of the gallery is the very large pastel conte and charcoal drawings with interesting titles “Becoming Close Friends” where a woman is hugging a cow. At the rear of the gallery are some very large etchings in monochrome.
Her influences are derived from Gilray and Hogarth, and the tales inspired by Portuguese Folk tales
Exhibition details –6 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BY United Kingdom 7th July -20th August
Paula Rego from 7th July – 20th August. This is her first solo exhibition in London since 2006.The exhibition has three separate strands: the first will be the Oratorio, a mixed media Triptych with a central panel and two wings which Paula created for her recent joint exhibition with Tracey Emin and Matt Collishaw at the Foundling Museum earlier this year. In addition to the Oratorio, there will be six large conté works on paper relating to the Oratorio and its Foundling Museum origins. The second strand is made up of a further nine conté works on paper which the artist has completed, following on from the Foundling pictures, in which she explores a variety of new themes entitled The Birthday Party, The Dolls Playground, The Overseer and others. The third strand is a group of nineteen etchings executed in monochrome and then hand painted in multiple different colours. As Tom Rosenthal writes in his introduction to the catalogue “Such is Rego’s mastery of this medium that, by altering only the colours but not the outline she can alter the mood of the subject and thus its contents. As she has said: “They become different parts of a different story….”
Paula Rego, who was created a Dame of the British Empire in the recent Honours list will have a major Retrospective Exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Monterrey, Mexico, opening there on 30th September 2010 which will subsequently be shown at the Pinacoteca in Sao Paulo, Brazil opening there in March 2011.
A fully illustrated catalogue will be published with an introduction by Tom Rosenthal, author of Paula Rego: The Complete Graphic Work.