Paula Rego, internationally renowned contemporary artist, exhibits her etchings and lithographs spanning over 20 years at the Brook in Budleigh Salterton from 12 July to 10 August, with a private view at the Brook on 11 July, when she will be joined by acclaimed British contemporary artist, Chris Orr MBE RA.
Left: Moon Eggs
Born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1935, Paula travelled to England in 1950s to study at the Slade School of Fine Art. Paula made London her home with her husband artist Victor Willing, in 1976 and dividing her time between London and Portugal, her work retains an element of energy, confidence and some say 'Goya influence' that underlines her style; an "Iberian magic realist," is how The Washington Post has described her work.
Her first exhibition at a commercial gallery took place in 1982, and from 1987, Paula started to produce graphic work which paralleled her concerns as a painter. This portfolio of work at the Brook celebrates her independent approach to the print medium and to its long association with storytelling, including Nursery Rhymes, Peter Pan, The Pendle Witches and two beautiful etchings released this year. Above: Wendy and the Lost Boys
Paula's inventive and honest work is a constant throughout her life, and oblivious to passing fashions, she didn't achieve the recognition as a great artist that she deserved until in her 50s. Now internationally acclaimed, Paula's solo exhibitions in the UK include The Dulwich Picture Gallery, The Serpentine Gallery and The South Bank Centre in London; The Tate Gallery in Liverpool and Arnolfini in Bristol. Paula's work is held in a large number of public collections, including the British Museum, National Portrait Gallery and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The 'Rego Gallery' devoted to Paula's work is due to open later this year in Cacais, Portugal. Above: Sewing on the Shadow
Opening hours for the Exhibition which runs from 12 July to 10 August are 10.30am - 5.00pm. The Gallery is closed on Sunday mornings.
Contact details for the Brook Gallery are:
Tel: 01395 443 003
Brook Gallery Ltd
Devon EX9 6NH