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Paula Rego

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Paula Figueiroa Rego, (born 1935) is a Portuguese painter, illustrator and printmaker.

Rego was born in Lisbon within a rich family, during Salazar“s regime, which would be a later influence in her work. 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. 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.

She started painting at the age of four. Her work often gives a sinister edge to storybook imagery, emphasizing malicious domination or the subversion of natural order. She deals with social realities that are polemic, an example being her important Triptych (1998) on the subject of abortion, now in the collection of Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal. Rego's style is often compared to cartoon illustration. As in cartoons, animals are often depicted in human roles and situations. Later work adopts a more realistic style, but sometimes keeps the animal references — the Dog Woman series of the 1990s, for example, is a set of pastel pictures depicting women in a variety of dog-like poses (on all fours, baying at the moon, and so on).

Rego has also painted a portrait of Germaine Greer, which is in the National Portrait Gallery in London, as well as the official presidency portrait of Jorge Sampaio. Rego only ever painted one self-portait including her grand daughter, Grace Smart, that sold for some £300,000.

 
 
 

 


Two Women Being Stoned

 


Grooming

 


Lush

 


Scavengers

 


Sit

 


Target

 


Two Girls and a Dog

 


Untitled

 


The Blue Fairy Whispers to Pinocchio

 


Moth


Stray Dogs

 


Dog Woman

 


Bad Dog

 


Snow White Playing with her Father's Trophies

 


The Interrogator's Garden

 


Bride

 


Baying

 


The Policeman's Daughter

 


Celestina's House

 


The Cigarette

 

The Firemen of Alijo

 


The Old Republic

 


Broken Promises

 


The Shakespeare Room

 


Scarecrow
 

 


Prince Pig Gets Married to the Third Sister
 

 


The Aunt
 

 


Mother with Big Daughter
 

 


The Young Poet

 


Human Cargo (triptych)
 

 


Whinney Moor
 

 


Him

 


Straw Burning
 

 


Flood

 


Mist I

 

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