Paula Rego: From Mind to Hand at Marlborough Gallery

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Paula Rego’s drawings are like her paintings, visceral, tortured, dark and sublime at the same time. Running until 27th October, Marlborough Fine Art in London showcases preparatory sketches by the Portuguese-born artist which explore the recurring themes of her oeuvre: from folk tales, female bodies, family members to narratives imbued with ambiguous sexual connotations and disturbing gloomy secrets. Her work often reflects societal and feminist issues, toned with folk-themes from her native Portugal.

The exhibition – which comprises around fifty to sixty pieces in total – succeeds in demonstrating the artist’s precise drawing method based on grids; a process she’s used in all aspects of her work: paintings, pastels and prints. The last room showcases the darkest works.

Paula Rego: From Mind to Hand. Drawings from 1980 to 2001 spans the last three decades, giving exceptional insight into her “Lewis-Carollish” imagination and creativity. A must-see exhibition.

Image: Paula Rego, The Change, watercolour on paper, 29.5 x 23.2 cm, Copyright Paula Rego, Courtesy Marlborough Gallery London.