In the World of Celia Paul

In the World of Celia Paul
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Looking at the celebrated Girl in a Striped Nightshirt at the Tate Modern, nobody would guess that the sleeping beauty portrayed by Lucian Freud is, herself, an important artist. None other than Celia Paul, a longstanding key player in the world of painting in the UK, who was also Freud’s muse, model and companion for ten years. Like Freud, Celia seamlessly mixed life and art, inhabiting the canvas with people, places, significant relationships and, yet, her paintings also communicate a strange anxiety and an ineffable sense of the supernatural. At 60 years old, the artist, of Indian origins, has published her autobiography Self-Portrait and reveals herself in a documentary by Jake Auerbach. But what better way to get to know her than through her work? Now, Paul returns to the Victoria Miro to present new works and a selection of pieces from the highly-acclaimed exhibition curated by Pulitzer Prize-Winner Hilton Als at the Yale Center for British Art. Under focus, her studies of the portrait, self-portrait and landscapes, particularly marine landscapes. Intimacy, memory, contrasts between reality and appearances are among her favoured themes, a chance to reflect on time and mortality.
Francesca Grego - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London