Celia Paul’s art stems from a deep connection with subject matter and is quiet, contemplative and ultimately moving in its profound attention to detail and deeply-felt spirituality. She is renowned for her intimate depictions of people and places she knows well.
From 1977 to 2007 Paul worked on a series of paintings of her mother, and since then she has concentrated on painting her four sisters, especially her sister Kate, as well as a number of close friends. In Kate Receiving the Light, 2017, Paul’s concerns as a painter – the act of prolonged scrutiny, the ever shifting effect of light – and the spiritual aspect of her work are drawn together and further enhanced by the work’s triptych form and the religious connotation of its title.
Celia Paul was born in 1959 in Trivandrum, India. She lives and works in London.
- Celia Paul, Sky and Sea, 2017 (detail). Courtesy of Victoria Miro