"My paintings tell stories; they do not illustrate stories... they are not narratives... everything happens in the present."
Paula Rego’s distinctive stylistic works are held in collections around the world. Her prints and paints are frequently based on fiction and folk stories. Imbued with a feminist spirit, often women are depicted in states of fear and rage, Rego possesses a remarkable ability to communicate strong emotions in her work, capturing the essence of a narrative. Her images have a sense of a freeze frame; a moment captured in the midst of some chaotic and tumultuous event. Drawing on literature, mythology, fairy tales, cartoons and religious texts, Rego’s works are at times surreal, mysterious and occasionally unnerving.
Rego’s passion for painting began as a child when she lived in Lisbon. Later, after moving to England, Rego studied at the Slade School of Art in London, reconnecting to her childhood memories of Lisbon and her Portugese roots through her artwork. Rego was an exhibiting member of the London Group – a circle of artists which included the likes of Frank Auerbach and David Hockney. Rego was invited to become the first Associate Artist at the National Gallery in 1990 and is a Dame of the British Empire.
The works in this exhibition were all produced in conjunction with Enitharmon Editions, London.