Paula Rego: The SketchbooksPaula Rego: The Sketchbooks


About the exhibition

Rooms 3–4

A rare opportunity to see Dame Paula Rego’s preparatory sketches, providing an insight into her remarkable draughtsmanship and the development of her ideas.

Born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1935, Rego has a career that spans over half a century and since her studies at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, has travelled consistently between the two countries. Using folklore and fairy tales, both personally constructed and widely known, Rego’s work builds narratives of both trouble and fantasy, often leaving reality behind in favour of a religious fervour.

The exhibition draws largely from sketchbooks from the 1980s and 90s, including studies for some of her most famous works and provides a new understanding of the work of one of Britain and Portugal’s most loved gurative artists. It coincides with an exhibition of Rego’s recent paintings at the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings.

Paula Rego is supported by Marlborough and Kirker