Paula Rego (b1935)
How Many Miles to Babylon?
Paula Figueiroa Rego, GCSE, pron. IPA: (born 1935) is a Portuguese painter, illustrator and printmaker.
Rego was born in Lisbon within a wealthy family, during Salazar's regime, which would be a later influence in her malicious, sinister and dominating characters.
Rego was sent to St Julian's School, Carcavelos, Portugal before studying at the Slade School of Art where she met the artist Victor Willing, whom she eventually married.
The two divided their time between Portugal and England until 1975, when they moved to England permanently.
In 1988, Willing died after suffering for some years from multiple sclerosis. Being Mother-in-law to Ron Mueck whose career she influenced.
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.
This is one of the Nursery Rhymes Suite. In the Leeds Art Gallery collections.
How many miles to Babylon?
Three score and ten.
Can I get there by candlelight?
Yes, and back again.
If your feet are nimble and light, You may get there by candle-light.
Following note from: The Saatchi Gallery Paula Rego's work always has a sense of magical realism; quirky contemporary mythologies pointing to an underlying psychology and sexuality, through a feminine view point.
Following note from: Wikipedia In 1996 Mueck transitioned to fine art, collaborating with his mother-in-law, Paula Rego, to produce small figures as part of a tableau she was showing at the Hayward Gallery.
Rego introduced him to Charles Saatchi who was immediately impressed and started to collect and commission work.
This led to the piece which made Mueck's name, Dead Dad, being included in the Sensation show at the Royal Academy the following year. Dead Dad is a silicone and mixed media sculpture of the corpse of Mueck's father reduced to about two thirds of its natural scale. It is the only work of Mueck's that uses his own hair for the finished product.
Article By: Dave Roberts.
First Published: 2007.
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