Paula Rego

Paula Rego, an appreciation: ‘She painted to find out what she felt’

I first met Paula Rego 20 years ago, interviewed her again as she turned 80 and had a final conversation, by email, in 2021, just before the Tate’s magnificent retrospective of her work; it was quite possibly the last interview she gave. Our first meeting – she would have been in her 60s – was in her studio in Kentish Town. She came across as a thriving Londoner and, at the same time, as unswervingly Portuguese.
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‘She could make anything part of a story’ – what Paula Rego chose to paint and why

However volatile her subject matter, her art never tells you what to feel, writes the Guardian’s art critic – although she could indulge in a kind of knockabout buffoonery. When Paula Rego showed at the Serralves Museum in Porto in 2004, such was her fame in her native Portugal that the museum was kept open all night, and she was frequently accosted on the streets of the city with something like adulation. Fame never really affected her, and while some artists coast through their later careers, Rego continued to surprise and shock right to the end. Her work was both deeply personal and spoke of larger issues.

‘Great and underrated’ artist Dame Paula Rego has died aged 87

Just one year after the Tate Britain held an exhibition of Dame Paula Rego's paintings throughout the summer of 2021, the legendary artist has died. By pulling together the country's largest and most comprehensive retrospective of the painter's work to date, the celebrated London gallery helped re-establish Rego's name among the upper echelons of contemporary artists.

Dame Paula Rego: Celebrated Portuguese-British artist dies at 87

Renowned artist Dame Paula Rego has died at the age of 87, a gallery representing her has confirmed. The Portuguese-British artist died in London in the early hours of Wednesday, the Victoria Miro gallery said. Over a six-decade career, Dame Paula was known for characters inspired by fiction, fairytales and...
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Remembering the trailblazing artist Paula Rego

The artist Paula Rego has died aged 87 following a short illness, her gallery Victoria Miro has announced. Known for her visceral and provocative canvases influenced by the dark power of fairy tales, the Portuguese-born British artist, to whose immense talent Harper’s Bazaar paid tribute at the 2019 Women of the Year Awards with a Lifetime Achievement accolade, had been exhibiting work since the 1960s, and was recently the subject of a major retrospective at Tate Britain.

Paula Rego, Totemic Feminist Painter Who Confronted Taboo Topics, Has Died at 87

Click here to read the full article. Paula Rego, a feminist artist whose totemic chronicles of womanhood tackled the many societal taboos forced upon women and whose work is currently featured in this year’s Venice Biennale, has died at 87. London’s Victoria Miro Gallery, who represents the artist, confirmed the news on Wednesday. In a statement, the gallery called Rego “an artist of uncompromising vision,” who brought “deep psychological insight and imaginative power to the genre of figurative art.” In a career that spanned nearly eight decades, Rego explored the complexity of human relationships with a sensitivity to personal and political systems...

Dame Paula Rego, as Remembered by Artist Natalie Frank: ‘The Greatest Drawer and Printmaker Of Our Time’

Click here to read the full article. I first met Dame Paula Rego on her inclusion in a School of London exhibition at the Yale Center for British Art in 2000. I remember seeing her towering pastel The Wedding Guest, which Rego had said memorialized the moment she first consummated her relationship, as a virgin, with her late husband, the painter Victor Willing. In her telling, he saw her at a party, came into a private bedroom, and told her to remove her knickers. Rego, in and outside of her pictures, gutted you. Born in 1935 in Lisbon, Portugal under the dictatorship of...

Artist Dame Paula Rego dies aged 87

Dame Paula Rego, the renowned Portuguese-British artist, has died aged 87, the Victoria Miro art gallery has said.A tweet announcing the news stated: “It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of the Portuguese-born, British artist Dame Paula Rego at the age of 87.“She died peacefully this morning, after a short illness, at home in North London, surrounded by her family.“Our heartfelt thoughts are with them”.It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of the Portuguese-born, British artist Dame Paula Rego at the age of 87. She died peacefully this morning, after a short illness, at...