Sunday, 25 November 2012

Celia Paul and William Feaver in Conversation at the Pallant House Gallery

I was lucky enough to attend this talk on the 22nd of November at 6pm at the Pallant House gallery.
Celia Paul was a student of Lucien Freud's at the Slade in the 1970s, she became his model and they had a child together, Frank Paul.
To mark the exhibition 'Painters in Parallel' which features Celia Paul's and Gwen John's work, she discussed her work and relationship with Lucien Freud.
The event was a sell out, and there was much enthusiasm for Celia Paul's tranquillity, insightful portraits of her sisters, friends and mother, and questions about whether her flat really does have a room with only one chair in it.
It was dark when we arrived, the outside of the building looked great with lights on inside:
Above is the old part of the Pallant House Gallery, and below the newer part with Christmas lights illuminating it:

 The poster for the exhibition with Christmas lights reflected in the glass:
It's called 'Gwen John and Celia Paul Painters in Parallel' and runs until the 27th of January 2013.
You can buy a catalogue from the Gallery bookshop online:
But the Pallant House Gallery bookshop is fabulous, there's a wealth of wonderful art books in there, and many well reduced books. I wanted to buy an Eric Ravilious book from the Ravilious in Pictures series; they had the whole series, so I bought 'A Travelling Artist' which is well worth the £25 which I baulked at the first and second time I saw the book.
Here's a small section of the bookshop:

 And if you're wondering what else there might be to see, there's a Jean Debuffet exhibition entitled 'Transitions' running until the 3rd of February 2013.
Here's a small image of his work 'Affluence' (detail) 1961on the front cover of the current Pallant House Gallery brochure:

Do have a look at the Pallant House Gallery website, and consider a visit.

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