October 2019

Paula Rego - Painting Women on the Edge - Tales of the Unexpected

Welcome to The Arts Society Vale of Aylesbury
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 14:00
Bradmoor Farm
Stanbridge Road Haddenham HP17 8JX

This lecture looks at the work of Paula Rego who is best known for her depictions of folk tales and strikingly unusual images of women.

This lecture looks at the life and work of Paula Rego who is a British artist of Portuguese
origin best known for her depictions of folk tales and strikingly unusual images of women. In the early 1960’s she exhibited with artists like Frank Auerbach and David Hockney before settling permanently in this country in the 1970’s. Over the following 20 years her career and reputation built steadily and in 1990 she became the first Associate Artist at the National Gallery, producing amongst other works her well-known series of paintings and prints based on nursery rhymes during this residency.

Her style reflects a strong emphasis on clear draughtsmanship and the human figure. She produces works which suggest complicated narratives full of psychological tension, drama and emotion. Often she depicts women and girls in disturbing or ambiguous situations and poses, which has occasionally caused some controversy, but her insistence on the physicality of her female figures and her refusal to idealise or revert to cliche, has earned
her global recognition and many prestigious awards. She was made a DBE in 2010.


Ms Linda Smith

Holds two first-class degrees in Art History. A broad knowledge of art historical subjects, but specialises in British Art and twentieth century art. Experienced lecturer and guide, especially at Tate Britain and Tate Modern. Has lectured to a wide variety of audiences in different venues, including school and university students, and independent arts societies in the UK and overseas.