There is nothing like a – Dame Paula Rego!
Portuguese born narrative painter, printer and illustrator (1935) Paula Rego became a Dame the other day on the Queens birthday for her contribution to Art! Anyone who has read this blog from the beginning will know that I rate Rego highly as an artist. I wrote a post about this artist and William Hogarth here
Her visually storytelling is sometimes disturbing and her work is always enigmatic and open to interpretation. I filled two whole journals with a Transcription of Rego’s ‘Snow White and her Stepmother’ (starting here). Rego finds a lot of her characters in Fairy Tales and nursery rhymes – giving them a social realistic twist. She likes to rework stories weaving her own magic and artistry.
An example is shown in the painting ‘The Fitting’ which is reminiscent of Valasquez ‘s ‘Las Meninas’ is has lots of symbolic realism and makes the viewer want to unravel the mystery.
This short video features the artist explaining about her work and her use of props.
The complete Honours list here
More of Rego’s work here