Paula Rego
by Colin Wiggins

Monday 21st June 2021 at 11 am

Dame Paula Rego is recognised as one of the most significant artists of her time, whose extraordinary imaginative power has played a key role in redefining the possibilities of figurative art. For her subjects she has turned to folk tales and nursery rhymes, as well as to stories from her native Portugal and the injustices of sexual politics, which she interprets with her unique female perspective. 

Honoured by the Queen with a Damehood in 2010, she is the subject of a major retrospective this year at Tate Britain (7thJuly – 24th October) and a display of her prints at Hogarth’s House in Chiswick.

Colin Wiggins began his career at the British Museum before moving to the National Gallery. While there, he was responsible for the Associate Artist scheme, inviting contemporary artists such as Peter Blake, Michael Landy and Ana Maria Pacheco to become involved in the life of the Gallery and to exhibit their work there. 

He also curated exhibitions of work by artists such as Frank Auerbach, Bridget Riley, Lucian Freud, Sir Anthony Caro and Sean Scully. He has many publications to his name and has lectured widely in Europe and the USA.