July | Art & Culture

Paula Rego at the Tate Britain

Expect an uncompromising look at an awe-inspiring artist

Holly Bullock

If you haven’t yet heard of Portugal-born artist Paula Rego, you soon will. An upcoming retrospective at the Tate Britain is set to spotlight her inspiring work with a uniquely comprehensive display. Born in 1935, Rego is known for her figurative paintings and collages and how she revolutionised the way women are represented in art over the course of her 50 year career. From powerful depictions of rebellious childhood memories to striking works addressing issues of women’s trafficking, each of the 100+ pieces on display is fiercely evocative. Comprising collages and paintings, large-scale pastels, drawings and etchings, Rego’s work will be set alongside the socio-political context in which it was created, with the artist’s diverse pool of inspirations also exhibited, from comic strips to historical paintings. As a visitor, you’re invited to step inside Rego’s world – and the causes she most passionately explores through her imaginative works. Opening on 7th July, it’s an uncompromising look at one of the most awe-inspiring artists around.

Image credits: Paula Rego The Artist in Her Studio, 1993. Leeds Museums and Galleries (Leeds Art Gallery) U.K. / Bridgeman Images © Paula Rego, Paula Rego The Little Murderess 1987. Private Collection, England © Paula Rego, Paula Rego The Raft 1985. Private Collection, London © Paula Rego, Paula Rego The Dance 1988. Tate © Paula Rego