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 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 close friends. In Kate Receiving the Light, 2017, Paul’s concerns as a painter – the act of prolonged scrutiny, the ever shifting effect of light – and the spiritual aspect of her work are drawn together and further enhanced by the work’s triptych form and the religious connotation of its title.