Dame Paula Rego
The Grandmother, 2001 – 2005
Mixed media drawing
76 x 56.5 cm

Dame Paula Rego (b.1935, Lisbon) Is a Portuguese artist living in London and one of Europe’s most sought after artists with a powerful original female voice. A painter of ‘stories’, her characters enact a variety of roles and depict disquieting tensions below the surface. Her work, large pastel paintings and sharply drawn etchings, express an extraordinary range of emotions and experiences and always have a sense of a magic realism pointing to an underlying psychology and sexuality as seen through a feminine viewpoint. She was educated at St Julians School of Carcavelos, Portugal (1945-1951), and then went on to further her studies at the Slade School of Fine Art in London (1952-1956). Later into her career, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland (1999), which was the first of many received at other institutions, such as the University of Oxford (2000), Roehampton University (2002), and the Rhode Island School of Design (2005). Recent solo exhibitions include those at Marlborough Fine Art, London (2014, 2007 and 2006 among others), Galerie Sophie Scheidecker, Paris (2012), Marlborough Chelsea, New York (2008), Galeria III, Brito, Portugal (2002), and Edinburgh Printmakers Workshop, Edinburgh (2000). Important group exhibitions include: Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, Tennessee (2012); Material Matters: The Power of Medium, Courtauld Institute of Art, London (2012); Fantasy and Fairy Tales, Museum of Art, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana (2009); La feminidad en el arte, Sala Bancaja San Miguel, Castellon, Spain (2008); Only Make Believe, Compton Verney, Warwickshire (2005); Guys’n’Dolls. Art, Science, Fashion and Relationships, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Brighton (2003); British Art Show 5, Hayward Gallery, London (2001); Encounters: New Art from Old, National Gallery, London (2000); Spellbound: Art and Film, Hayward Gallery, London (1996); and New Acquisitions, National Portrait Gallery, London (1995).