Saturday, December 27, 2008

Paula Rego

Paula Rego is the most famous living portuguese female painter. She was born in Lisbon (1935) within a rich family, during Salazar's regime, which would be a later influence in her work. Married to an english artist, she moved to London in 1975.
Her work often gives a sinister edge to storybook imagery, emphasizing malicious domination or the subversion of natural order, sometimes dealing with polemic social realities.
Paula Rego was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1989 and was awarded the Degree of Doctor of Letters honoris causa by Oxford University in June 2005.
Part of her work can currently be seen at Palácio Anjos (and taking photos is allowed!).

11 comments:

Julie said...

"Storybook imagery" rings out loud and clear. Thanks for the info on her JM: I had no knowledge of her prior to this.

Lois said...

Her work is very interesting. I would love to see the entire show.

Babzy said...

another artist i don't know, thanks for sharing ;)

Jackie said...

I love those museums where they actually let you take pictures. Scotland is quite good for that actually.

Per Stromsjo said...

Moving abroad in 1975, just when things were beginning to look brighter at home... Must have felt strange.

babooshka said...

Fascinating and now I must check out her work. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

Virginia said...

Very edgy you are right. will want to see more of her work. THanks for the heads up on this artist JM>
V

Tash said...

Very interesting & much appreciated post.

rob said...

Very interesting. thanks for sharing. didn't know anything about Paula Riego! (ignorant!)

JM said...

Per, you are right. She moved to London one year after the revolution, so she missed a lot around here...

the donG said...

nice art. thanks for introducing her to us. i first encountered her here in your blog.