Paula Rego

01.12.11: Turning the World Upside Town

Portugese by birth, Rego received an academic training at the Slade School, London. She has lived in Britain since 1952, with frequent returns to Ericeira and Lisbon. Her work retains a clear imprint of Portugal: in images from stories told to her by her family; in the muscular, stocky bodies that absorb space; and in small domestic details.

Paula Rego signed items and ltd edn prints @ (direct link to signed items)


1935 Born in Lisbon

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

1952-56 Studied painting at the Slade School of Art, London

1957-63 Lived in Ericeira, Portugal with her husband, painter Victor Willing

1962-63 Bursary from the Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon

1963-75 Lived in London and Portugal

1976 Settled permanently in London

1983 Visiting Lecturer in Painting, Slade School of Art

1988 Retrospective Exhibition, Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon; Serpentine Gallery, London

1990 Appointed the first National Gallery Associate Artist

1991-96 Nursery Rhymes exhibition toured internationally by South Bank Centre, British Council and Marlborough Graphics

1992 Publication of Peter Pan suite of etchings. Television documentary, Paula Rego for South Bank Show, London Weekend Television

Nursery Rhymes and Peter Pan suite of etchings shown at Charles Nodrum Gallery, October/November, 1995; Annandale Galleries, Sydney

1996 Publication of Pendle Witches suite of etchings

Shown at Charles Nodrum Gallery, August, 1997

1997 Retrospective exhibition at the Tate Gallery, Liverpool; Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon

1998 Solo exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery

1999 Publication of The Children's Crusade suite of etchings

Galeria Marlborough, Madrid

O Crime do Padre Amaro, Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon

Paula Rego lives and works in London.

Her works are represented in :

The National Gallery, London
Tate Gallery, London
Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, UK
Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
The British Council
Saatchi Collection, London
Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Corporate & Private Collections in United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Holland, United States, Australia and others


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Gallery here. Paula Rego Telling Tales Dvd here. Paula Rego Smartphones Page. Rare Rego Exhibition Catalogues/Books - Smartphones Page. Recommended reading for the artist @

Paula Rego Complete Graphic Works Book - Extensively Scanned: Smartphone Page


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