Paula Rego

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Since the 1950s, Paula Rego has played a key role in redefining figurative art in the UK and internationally. An uncompromising artist of extraordinary imaginative power, she has revolutionised the way in which women are represented.

Biography

Paula Rego

1934
Born in Lisbon

1945-51
Educated in St Julian's School, Carcavelos

1952-56
The Slade School of Art, London

1956-63
Lived in Ericeira, Portugal, with her husband, the painter Victor Willing, and three children

1962-63
Bursary from the Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon

1976
Settled permanently in London

1983
Visiting Lecturer in Painting Slade School of Art

1990
Appointed the First National Gallery Associate Artist

1992
Honorary Master of Art, Winchester School of Art, 12 June

1999
Honorary Doctorate of Letters, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, 24 June

Honorary Doctorate of Letters, University of East Anglia, Norwich, 8 July

2000
Honorary Doctorate of Letters, Rhode Island School of Design, USA, 3 June

2002
Honorary Doctorate of Letters, The London Institute, 23 May

2004
GrCruz da Ordem de Sant'Iago da Espada presented by the President of Portugal

2005
Commissioned by the Royal Mail to produce a set of Jane Eyre Stamps

Honorary Doctorate of Letters, Oxford University, June

Honorary Doctorate of Letters, Roehampton University, July

Currently lives and works in London


Selected Solo Exhibitions


2004
Paula Rego, Serralves Museum, Oporto, Portugal

Paula Rego in Focus, Tate Britain, London

2003-2004
Paula Rego, Corner 2004, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark

2003
Paula Rego - Pendle Witches, Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, Linden Mill, Hebden Bridge, N. Yorkshire

Jane Eyre and Other Stories, Marlborough Fine Art, London

2002
Paula Rego - Jane Eyre, Marlborough Gallery, New York,

2001
Paula Rego, Celestina's House, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal

Paula Rego- Nursery Rhymes e Outras Gravuras, Parque das Nacoes, Lisbon, Portugal

2000
Paula Rego, Pendle Witches, Children's Crusade and Drawings, Abbot Hall ArtGallery, Kendal

1999
Paula Rego - The Children's Crusade - a suite of 12 etchings, Marlborough Graphics, London

Paula Rego - Recent Work, Marlborough Galeria SA, Madrid, Spain
Rego O Crime do Padre Amaro, FundaçCalouste Gulbenkian , Lisbon, Portugal

Open Secrets - Drawings and Etchings by Paula Rego, University Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, USA; Centre Culturel Calouste Gulbenkian, Paris, curated by Memory Holloway; text by Memory Holloway and Ruth Rosengarten

Children's Crusade, Edinburgh Printmakers Workshop, Scotland

Nursery Rhymes, White Gallery, Brighton

1998
Paula Rego: Pendle Witches and Peter Pan, Midland Art Centre, Midlands

Paula Rego - The Sins of Father Amaro, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

Paula Rego - Pra Lá et Pra Cá, Galerie III, Lisbon, Portugal

Paula Rego - Pendle Witches, Harris Museum

Paula Rego, Pendle Witches, Marlborough Galeria Madrid

1997
Paula Rego Retrospective exhibition, Tate Gallery Liverpool, travelling to Fundaçdas Descobertas, Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal

Nursery Rhymes, Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Nicosia, travelling to Town Hall, Larnaca, Cyprus

1996
Nursery Rhymes, University Gallery, University of Northumbria at Newcastle

1995
Nursery Rhymes, Ty Llen, Cardiff Literature Festival, Cardiff
Nursery Rhymes and Peter Pan, Annandale Galleries, Sydney Australia; Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne Keel university.

1994
Paula Rego, Dog Women, Marlborough Fine Art, London
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC, Canada

1993
Nursery Rhymes, Cheltenham Literary Festival

1992-1993
Paula Rego Peter Pan & Other Stories, Marlborough Fine Art, London

Paula Rego Peter Pan, A Suite of 15 etchings and aquatints, Marlborough Graphics, London

1991-1992
Tales from the National Gallery, travelling Exhibition: Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery; Middlesborough Art Gallery; Whitworth Art Gallery,Manchester; Cooper Art Gallery, Barnsley; the National Gallery, London; The Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle; The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon

1991-1996
Nursery Rhymes, South Bank Centre, British Council, and Marlborough Graphics, travelling exhibition in the U.K., including: Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset; Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire; Hove Museum and Art Gallery; Vicarage Gallery, North Shields, Graphics Studio, Dublin.

1990-1991
Nursery Rhymes, British Council, travelling Exhibition in Europe

1990
Nursery Rhymes, Galeria III, Lisbon, Portugal

Nursery Rhymes, Galeria Zen, Oporto, Portugal

1989
Paula Rego, Nursery Rhymes, Marlborough Graphics Gallery, London
III, ARCO, Madrid, Spain
III, Lisbon, Spain

1988
Retrospective Exhibition, FundaçCalouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal, Casa de Serralves, Oporto; the Serpentine Gallery, London

1987
Selected work 1981-1986, Aberystwyth Arts Centre and UK tour Edward Totah Gallery, London

1985
Paula Rego, The Art Palace, New York
Rego, Edward Totah Gallery, London

1984
Paula Rego, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell, Midland Group, Nottingham
Rego, Edward Totah Gallery, London

1983
Paula Rego, Arnolfini, Bristol,
Rego, Galerie Espace, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1982
Paula Rego, Galeria III, Lisbon, Edward Totah Gallery, London

1981
Paula Rego, AIR Gallery, London

1978
Paula Rego, Galeria III, Lisbon, Portugal

1977
Paula Rego, Módulo Centro Difusor da Arte, Oporto, Portugal

1975
Paula Rego, Módulo Centro Difusor da Arte, Lisbon, Portugal

1974
Paula Rego, Galeria da Emenda, Lisbon, Portugal

1972
Paula Rego, Galeria Alvarez, Oporto, Portugal

1971
Paula Rego, Galeria SMamede, Lisbon, Portugal

1965
Paula Rego, SNBA, Lisbon, Portugal


Selected Group Exhibitions


2005
The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition, Pastel Society, Pall Mall, London

Only Make Believe, Compton Verney, Warwickshire
Nome Que No Peito Escrito Tinhas, Alcobaça Monastery, Portugal

Guys'n'Dolls. Art, Science, Fashion and Relationships, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

2004
Five Painters from Portuguese Modernity (1911-1965), Amadeo de Souza-Cardosa, Almada Negreiros, Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Joaquin Rodrigo & Paula Rego, La Pedrera, Fundaçao Caixa de Catalan, Barcelona,

BODY. From Munch to Melgaard, Kistefos Museum, Norway

2003
The Enduring Image, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal

La Fête, Le Bellevue, Biarritz, Museo Valenciano de la llustración y la Modernidad, Valencia,

2002
Belas Artes Centenary Exhibition, Lisbon, Portugal

London International Small Print Biennale, Morley Gallery, London

The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
of Age - Works from the Tate Collection, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK

Metamorphing, The Science Museum, London

Heavenly Creatures - Paula Rego and Ron Mueck, The British School at Rome, Italy

2000-2001
British Art Show 5, Hayward Gallery, South Bank Centre travelling exhibition: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Southampton City Art Gallery, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery,

The School of London and their Friends - The Collection of Elaine and Melvin Merians, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven

1998
Recollection Kunstverein, Graz, Austria

Georg Herold / Albert Oehlen Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany
Galerie Barbel Grasslin, Frankfurt, Germany
Forward Archives, Kunstverein, Hamburg, Germany

1997
Display Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark

1996
On Paper II , Schmidt Contemporary Art, St Louis, USA
Peinture, Galerie Samia Saouma, Paris, France

Provins - Legende Museet for Samtidskunst, Roskilde, Denmark

1995
Open Studio, The Florence Trust, London
exhibition, Marlborough Fine Art, London
Brighton Museum in collaboration with the Institute of International Visual Art
Acquisitions, National Portrait Gallery, London

1994-95
An American Passion - the Summer Collection of Contemporary British Painting, The McLellan Galleries, Glasgow; The Royal College of Art, London

1994
Unbound - Possibilities in Painting, Hayward Gallery, London
of Influence (Nursery Rhymes and Peter Pan graphics), Snug Harbour Cultural Center, Statton Island, New York
and Now, Serpentine Gallery, London
Murphy, Avis Newman, Paula Rego, The Saatchi Gallery, London

1993-1994
Writing on the Wall - Women Writers on Women Artists, Tate Gallery, London, travelling to the Norwich Castle Museum and the Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol

1992-1993
Innocence and Experience, Manchester City Art Galleries and South Bank Centre; travelling Exhibition: Ferens Art Gallery, Hull; Castle Museum, Nottingham; Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
into Paint: British Figurative Painting of the 20th Century, Israel Museum, Jerusalem

1992
Myth, Dream and Fable, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham

1991-1992
From Bacon to Now - The Outsider in British Figuration, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Italy
Primacy of Drawing - An Artist's View, South Bank Centre travelling exhibition: Bristol Museum and Art Gallery; Stoke-on-Tent Art Gallery; Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield

1991
Modern Painters - A Memorial Exhibition for Peter Fuller, City Art Galleries, Manchester
, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Ghent, Belgium

1990-1991
British Art Now: A Subjective View, British Council travelling Exhibition

The Great British Art Exhibition, Glasgow

Eleventh International Print Biennale, Bradford

1990
Now for the Future, Hayward Gallery, London; Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield

1989-1990
Picturing People: Figurative Art in Britain 1945 - 1989, British Council Travelling Exhibition: National Gallery, Kuala Lumpur; Hong Kong Museum of Art; National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare

1989
Ines de Castro, Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh

1988
Works on Paper by contemporary artists, Marlborough Fine Art, London

35 Pinturas de Colecçao do Banco Portugues do Atlantico, Casa de Serralves, Oporto, Portugal

Cries and Whispers, British Council Travelling exhibition, Australia

Narrative paintings, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester

Objects and Image, Aspects of British Art in the 1980's, Stoke-on-Trent Art Gallery

1987
Art Contemporáneo Portugués, Madrid, Spain
Current Affairs - British Painting and Sculpture in the 1980s, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, Hungary, Poland and Czechoslovakia

70s - 80s: Arte Portuguesa, Brazil, SPaulo, Rio de Janeiro
Obras de Arte Uniao de Bancos Portugeses, Case de Serralves, Oporto, Portugal

Feira do Circo, Forum Picoas, Lisbon, Portugal

ExposiçAmadeo Souza - Cardoso, Casa de Serralves, Oporto, Portugal

Obras de uma Colecçao Particular, Casa de Serralves, Oporto, Portugal

1986
A primeira década , Módulo?Centro Difusor da Arte, Lisbon
XXéme au Portugal, Centre Albert Borchette, Brussels

Teira Exposiçao de Artes Plásticas, FundaçCalouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon.

AICA?PHILAE, SNBA, Lisbon

Love Sacred and Profane, Plymouth

The Human Zoo, Nottingham Castle Museum, Nottingham
British and Malaysian Art, National Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
?Nine Portuguese Painters, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton

1985
Passion and Power, La Mama and Gracie Mansion, New York

The British Art Show, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

Diálogo sobre arte contemporanea, Centro de Arte Moderna; FundaçCalouste

Gulbenkian, Lisbon

Bienale de Paris

Animals, Edward Totah Gallery, London

ExposiçDiálogo, FundaçCalouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon

John Moores Exhibition, Liverpool

Bienal de SPaulo (representing Britain)

1984
? an exhibition, Camden Arts Centre, London

Os Novos Primitivos, Cooperative Arvore, Oporto

1983
Third Biennale of Graphic Arts, Baden Baden

Eight in the Eighties, New York

Marathon 83, New York

1982
Three Women, Edward Totah Gallery, London

Inner Worlds, Midland Group, Nottingham

Pintura portuguesa contemporanea, Museu Luis de Cam, Macau
Annual, London

John Moores Exhibition, Liverpool


1981
Artists in Camden, Camden Arts Centre, London

Ante?visdo Centro de Arte Moderna, FundaçCalouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon The Subjective Eye, Midland Group, Nottingham

1979
Femina, UNESCO, Paris

1978
Portuguese Art since 1910, Royal Academy of Art, London

Exposiçindividual, Galeria III, Lisbon

1977
Artistas Portugueses en Madrid - Pintura e Escultura Contemporaneas, Madrid

1976
Arte Portugués Contemporanea, Galerie Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome

Art Portugais Contemporain, Musée d'Art Contemporain de la Ville de Paris
de Arte Moderna Portuguesa, SNBA, Lisbon

1975
XIII Bienal de SPaulo

Figuraçao Hoje, Lisbon

1974
Expo AICA, SNBA

1973
Pintura portuguesa de hoje - abstractos e Neo - figurativos, Lisbon, Salamanca, Barcelona

26 Artistas de Hoje, Lisbon
de Artistas Modernas Portugueses, Galleria Quadrum, Lisbon

1970
Novos Sintomas na pintura portuguesa , Galeria Judite Dacruz, Lisbon

1969
Represented Portugal in the XI Bienal de SPaulo, Brazil
Portugaise Contemporaine, Paris

1967 de Tokyo

Novas Iconologias, Lisbon

Art Portugais - Peinture et sculpture de Naturalisme à nos jours, Brussels, Paris, Madrid

1965
Six Artists, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

1961
Segunda Exposiçde Artes Plásticas, FundaçCalouste Goulbenkian, Lisbon

1955
Young Contemporaries, London

Collections


Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal
Arts Council, London
Berardo Collection, Sintra Museum of Modern Art, Portugal
British Council, London
British Government Collection, on loan to the British Embassy, Lisbon
British Museum, London
Bristol City Art Gallery
Chapel of the Palacio de Belém, Lisbon
Frissiras Museum, Athens
Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds
Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
National Gallery, London
National Portrait Gallery, London
New Hall, Cambridge
Portuguese Embassy, London
Rugby Museum and Art Gallery
Saatchi Gallery, London
Tate Gallery, London
Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
Yale Center for British Art


Selected Publications


Ruth Rosengarten, Compreender Paula Rego 25 Perspectivas, Publico Serralves, 2004

T.G. Rosenthal, Paula Rego: The Complete Graphic Work, Thames & Hudson, London, 2003

Fiona Bradley, Paula Rego, Tate Publishing, 2002

Marco Livingstone, Paula Rego - Grooming, in Art: The Critics' Choice, Aurum Press, London, 1998

Paula Rego, Tate Gallery Publications, 1997

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