This morning I read in an article in the Guardian newspaper that there is to be an exhibition of Paula Rego's pastels, and also a film about her on the BBC (25 March). I find Rego's works powerfully moving, and I found myself thinking that of all painters she probably respresents most closely what I feel / think / experience.
Paula Rego: The Policeman's Daughter 1987 (the first of her paintings I encountered - image from here)
I had recently had a conversation about styles of writing, and had said that the author who made me feel most myself when reading her work is Patricia Highsmith. Or, at least if I could write fiction, I would wish to be able to write like her.
Paula Rego: Scarecrow
I admire a wide range of artists and their works - moving, inspiring, thought-provoking, informative, exciting, disturbing, ... as they might be. But some few artists just set up powerful vibrations which chime with my own bones - like Rego and Highsmith. In sculpture it would be Henry Moore, but I would use Elizabeth Frink's means of making: building up rather than cutting away.
Henry Moore: Draped seated figure