July 8 – September 11, 2021
Paula Rego; An Enduring Journey
Cristea Roberts Gallery
43 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5JG, UK
Preview Day: 1pm – 7pm, Wednesday 7 July 2021
Join us for the preview day of Paula Rego: An Enduring Journey. Entry on the day is by timed reservation. Please click here to book your visit
Cristea Roberts Gallery is pleased to announce its first solo exhibition with Dame Paula Rego RA (b. 1935), one of the most important figurative artists of her generation, who places women’s lives and stories at the centre of her work.
Paula Rego: An Enduring Journey features over fifty prints and unique works on paper – many previously unseen – which come directly from the artist’s archive, and include newly editioned prints from plates drawn by Rego up to thirty years ago and set aside until now.
The exhibition, which brings together almost fifty years of Rego’s graphic works, explores the themes of power, rebellion, sexuality and gender, grief and poverty. Over the course of her career, Rego has produced a profound and ground-breaking body of prints. The work not only possesses the extraordinary imaginative power of her paintings, but reflects the innovative possibilities of the medium through her experimentation with etching, lithography and aquatint, often employing hand colouring in the process.
“I always had a press in my studio – even in Portugal in the early days – my father bought me a giant lithography press but the stones were too heavy for me to use on my own so I got myself some copper plates and used it as an etching press and in my late teens and early twenties I would wax them myself and use the acid and so on and when I’d get stuck or didn’t know what to do I’d make a print.” Paula Rego