Marlborough Fine Art will present an exhibition of Paula Rego paintings from the 1980’s at Frieze Masters 2016 (stand C8).
Paula Rego draws widely from subjects including fairy tales and folk art, her experiences growing up in Portugal under a fascist regime, and from her personal recollections of girlhood and adolescence.
This exhibition focuses on important works from the ‘Vivian Girls’ series inspired by the Outsider artist, Henry Darger. The ‘Vivian Girls’ were the heroines of Darger’s thirteen volume novel that concerned the adventures of a group of girls living on a planet controlled by evil soldiers. The girls consistently overcome the soldiers by playing pranks and tricks on them. The anarchic nature of the subject is reflected in the broad range of colour and spontaneous, painterly work. Within each scene, characters and conversations, ideas and incidents, all tumble over one another like folk tales passed down through generations.
A fully illustrated catalogue will be available with an introduction by Lily Le Brun.
This display is the fourth in a series of single-artist booths presented by Marlborough Fine Art at Frieze Masters, following Frank Auerbach in 2015, Francis Bacon in 2014 and Victor Pasmore in 2013.
The stand at Frieze will coincide with an exhibition of Paula Rego’s work at Marlborough Fine Art. The series Dancing Ostriches from Disney’s Fantasia 1995, will be exhibited on the ground floor along with a new tapestry and selection of works on paper on the first floor.
Rego (b. 1935, Lisbon) trained at the Slade School of Fine Art (1952-56). In 1990, she was appointed artist-in-residence at the National Gallery, London. Her work has been exhibited in many of the major museums world-wide. In 2004 she was awarded the Grã Cruz da Ordem de Sant'Iago da Espada by the President of Portugal and a museum dedicated to Rego's work, the Casa das Histórias Paula Rego, was opened in Cascais, Portugal in 2009. In 2010, Rego was made a Dame of the British Empire. Her work is part of numerous public collections including the Arts Council, London, England; Berardo Collection, Lisbon; National Gallery, London; National Portrait Gallery, London; Tate Gallery, Liverpool; and the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. She lives and works in London.