LONDON.- Marlborough Fine Art
presents an exhibition of new work by Paula Rego through 20th August. This is her first solo exhibition in London since 2006.
The exhibition has three separate strands: the first is the Oratorio, a mixed media Triptych with a central panel and two wings which Paula created for her recent joint exhibition with Tracey Emin and Matt Collishaw at the Foundling Museum earlier this year. In addition to the Oratorio, there are six large conté works on paper relating to the Oratorio and its Foundling Museum origins.
The second strand is made up of a further nine conté works on paper which the artist has completed, following on from the Foundling pictures, in which she explores a variety of new themes entitled The Birthday Party, The Dolls Playground, The Overseer and others.
The third strand is a group of nineteen etchings executed in monochrome and then hand painted in multiple different colours. As Tom Rosenthal writes in his introduction to the catalogue Such is Regos mastery of this medium that, by altering only the colours but not the outline she can alter the mood of the subject and thus its contents. As she has said: They become different parts of a different story
Paula Rego, who was created a Dame of the British Empire in the recent Honours list will have a major Retrospective Exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Monterrey, Mexico, opening there on 30th September 2010 which will subsequently be shown at the Pinacoteca in Sao Paulo, Brazil opening there in March 2011.