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Title

Kate

2004

Artist

Celia Paul

England

11 Nov 1959 –

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  • Details

    Date
    2004
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    lithograph
    Edition
    8/15
    Dimensions
    54.5 x 41.0 cm image; 73.0 x 59.0 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r. sheet, pencil "Celia Paul". Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of Douglas Kagi 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    452.2018
    Copyright
    © Celia Paul
    Artist information
    Celia Paul

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    Celia Paul describes her work as autobiographical as she paints and draws only those she loves. 'If you know them really well you don’t have to be so literal, you can take liberties,' she has said.1 Created ‘from life’, these intimate portraits of family and friends, often seen in solitude in sparse undecorated surroundings, are soft and contemplative; there is a quietness to them. In this print, Paul presents her younger sister Kate sitting on a bed, looking directly at us. For three decades, from 1977–2007, Paul’s mother was her model, sitting for her weekly and only stopping when she could no longer climb the 80 stairs to Paul’s studio. Since then, Paul has concentrated on her four sisters.

    1. Jackie Wullschlager, ‘Artist Celia Paul explores the beauty of melancholy’, Financial Times, London, 2 Sep 2016, ft.com/content/d29dbb44-6ae7-11e6-ae5b-a7cc5dd5a28c, accessed 23 Mar 2021