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Celia Paul is one of a younger generation of contemporary British painters focusing on the human figure. She studied at the Slade School of Art, where she spent most of her time drawing in the life studios. Her early work was strongly influenced by Lucian Freud. Like him, she is concerned with scrutinising the human figure. Her paintings are built up slowly over long periods of time. The thick layers of paint, give this portrait a solid, almost three-dimensional quality.
oil on canvas (?)
H 35.6 x W 25.4 cm
gift from an anonymous donor via the National Art Collections Fund, 2002