Celia Paul

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About the Artist

Celia Paul’s art stems from a deep connection to subject matter and is quiet, contemplative and ultimately moving in its profound attention to detail and deeply-felt spirituality. She makes intimate depictions of people and places she knows well. From 1977 to 2007 Paul worked on a series of paintings of her mother, and since then she has concentrated on painting her four sisters, especially her sister Kate, as well as a number of portraits of close friends. She has also produced a large number of evocative self-portraits over the course of her career. Paul’s self-portraits open up a painterly and conceptual dialogue between the dual role of subject and artist – caught between self-possession and self-scrutiny – as well as offering an extended consideration of the essential dualities of the medium – its ability to capture qualities of form, light and atmosphere, and its material presence.

In Focus

Celia Paul talks to Tim Adams for a cover feature in The Observer ahead of her new exhibition at Victoria Miro

You walk up many flights of stairs to reach Celia Paul’s flat, but the climb is worth it. The windows of her studio and bedroom look down on the courtyard and facade of the British Museum. All the world and its history, in every available London light, is just across the street. Paul has lived and painted here – the two things are inseparable in her mind – since 1982, when she discovered this place with Lucian Freud, her then lover and the father of her only child, Frank, also a painter.

 

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I feel that my painting belongs to a whole tradition of British art.

Previous exhibitions at Victoria Miro

24 February - 30 April 2021

The Sky was Blue the Sea was Blue and the Boy was Blue

An exhibition of work by 19 artists celebrating the colour blue, available online and on Vortic as part of The London Collective.

Victoria Miro on Vortic
10 November - 12 December 2020

Celia Paul: Self-Portrait

An extended reality (XR) exhibition of new and recent paintings by Celia Paul on the occasion of the US publication of the artist’s acclaimed autobiography, Self-Portrait. The exhibition is available exclusively online and via the App Store on Vortic Collect.

Victoria Miro on Vortic
2 October - 2 November 2020

Parley for the Oceans x Vortic

Victoria Miro is delighted to be a member of Parley Collective and participate in Parley for the Oceans x Vortic with an online exhibition of works by Elmgreen & Dragset and Celia Paul.
Victoria Miro on Vortic
13 November - 20 December 2019

Celia Paul

Victoria Miro presents new and recent works by the celebrated painter in an exhibition that coincides with the publication of Paul’s memoir, Self-Portrait, published by Jonathan Cape, and the release of a documentary film about the artist by Jake Auerbach....
Victoria Miro Gallery II
23 September - 16 December 2017

Celia Paul: The Sea and The Mirror

Celia Paul’s art stems from a deep connection with subject matter and is quiet, contemplative and ultimately moving in its profound attention to detail and deeply-felt spirituality. She is renowned for her intimate depictions of people and places she knows...
Victoria Miro Venice
25 January - 18 March 2017

House Work

Including Mamma Andersson, Jules de Balincourt, Hernan Bas, Marc Chagall, Peter Doig, Adrian Ghenie, David Harrison, Karen Kilimnik, John Kørner, LS Lowry, Alice Neel, Celia Paul, Grayson Perry, Tal R, David Rayson, George Shaw and Cy Twombly. A group exhibition...
Victoria Miro Mayfair
16 September - 29 October 2016

Celia Paul: Desdemona for Hilton by Celia

New and recent works by Celia Paul draw on the artist’s delicate and moving explorations of intimacy with people and landscape. Since her first solo exhibition at Victoria Miro in 2014, there has been an increased focus on self-portraiture and...
Victoria Miro Mayfair
13 October - 14 November 2015

Forces in Nature

Curated by Hilton Als
A group exhibition curated by the celebrated US critic and author Hilton Als. The exhibition explores the idea of man in nature and includes works by Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Verne Dawson, Peter Doig, NS Harsha, Alice Neel, Chris Ofili, Celia...
Victoria Miro Gallery II
12 June - 2 August 2014

Celia Paul

Victoria Miro is pleased to announce that the gallery now represents renowned British painter Celia Paul and is delighted to present her first solo exhibition at the gallery. Paul's paintings have an otherworldly, haunting quality. She makes intimate depictions of...
Victoria Miro Gallery II
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