Paula Rego (1935 -):
The Neverland, 1992
Unmounted (ref: 11121)
Etching and aquatint with hand colouring11.6 x 17.7 in. (29.5 x 45 cm)
Provenance: Private Collection
Throughout her career Paula Rego has been fascinated by stories that define cultures and has used fairy tales to create a unique vision of a world of myth fused with mortality.
The Neverland is part of a 1992 series in which Rego created 25 etchings for JM Barrie’s Peter Pan (Credit: Paula Rego, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art)
Since the 1960s and her association with the legendary faction of artists known as The London Group (which included Frank Auerbach and David Hockney), Rego has shown an openness to the power of the subconscious to dictate the terms of her image making. Early flirtations with Surrealism and a period spent experimenting with automatic drawing paved the way for a more mature fascination with those stories, both visual and literary, that have etched themselves deeply into the fabric of cultural imagination, from Jane Eyre to Lewis Carroll, Hogarth to Goya, and, more recently, Blake Morrison to Martin McDonagh.
IN 1992 The Channel Tunnel opened, linking London and Paris by rail
British fashion designer Alexander McQueen shows his first collection, partly inspired by The Silence of the Lambs (film). The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum opened in Madrid.
The Turner Prize was won by Grenville Davey
ARTWORKS CREATED IN 1992:
Banksy – First graffiti art (in Bristol)
Damien Hirst – Pharmacy (installation)
James Rosenquist – Time Dust
Jack Vettriano – The Singing Butler