I happened upon Ms. Rego’s new exhibition at Marlborough Fine Art on Friday morning.
I’ve not had much opportunity to see much of her work up close, so it was a bit of a treat, although not a necessarily pleasant one!
Her work deals with “the beautiful grotesque” according to her, and there was definitely a strong combination of the both in this show. I get the feeling she is trying to expose a level of the true nature of humanity, as she hyper-accentuates ugliness in the characters she portrays.
Really interestingly, she showed the maquettes that she uses to set up for the pastels.
I especially liked the hand coloured etchings (only £18,000 each…).
The show runs until the 1st of March.