Indian-born British artist
Celia Paul (born 1959) is an Indian-born British artist.
- When I first started doing self-portraits – and I didn’t start until I was in my 40s, quite late – I did these portraits where my hand was kind of stretched out toward the canvas, as if about to paint…I suppose I was imitating those famous poses of Goya or Rembrandt. But something felt so false about that. Somehow women don’t have a secure place in the history of art and to portray myself in this way standing squarely, about to paint, it wasn’t right.
- On her painting techniques in “Celia Paul on life after Lucian Freud: ‘I had to make this story my own’” in The Guardian (2019 Oct 27)
- From the earliest memory every day started with prayer and ended with prayer…And it is still in my bloodstream, even though I am not conventionally religious. I am not good at belonging to groups. But doesn’t everyone think about God?
- On her daily mantra in “Celia Paul on life after Lucian Freud: ‘I had to make this story my own’” in The Guardian (2019 Oct 27)
- When I first met Lucian he wasn’t that famous. He was notorious, but he did not have a big international reputation or anything. He was a genuinely Dostoevskian character it seemed to me, living much more on the edge. And then later he became more a national treasure and was quite seduced by that.
- On her lover (artist) Lucian Freud in “Celia Paul on life after Lucian Freud: ‘I had to make this story my own’” in The Guardian (2019 Oct 27)
- Everyone was saying that painting was dead, and really believing it. It was a very difficult time for me. I felt unsupported and isolated…
- On continuing to paint during the 1990s in “Celia Paul by Hilton Als” in BOMB Magazine (2015 Dec 21)