Paula Rego Open Secrets: Etchings and Recent Drawings

10 February - 12 March 2000

Paula Rego was born in Lisbon in 1935. She trained at the Slade School of Art (1952 - 56) and then lived in both Britain and Portugal in the 60's and 70's before settling permanently in Britain in 1976. She has had numerous exhibitions in Europe and America including a highly successful retrospective at the Tate Gallery, Liverpool.

Paula Rego is a story teller who re-invents familiar fairy tales and fables in new and sometimes sinister ways. Etching, with its intimacy and accessibility of scale, has enabled Rego to reach a broad audience both on the walls of public spaces and in books and catalogues.

In these two sets of etchings we are told two very seperate stories; the Pendle Witches and the Children's Crusade. Through these hand-coloured prints Rego demonstrates a remarkable control over the possibilities offered by intaglio, including drypoint, sugar lift and aquatint. The exhibition also includes recent drawings from the artist's studio.

Both suites of etchings are on loan from Marlborough Fine Art, London.

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