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BOTTALLACK GREY & BLACK
1918 – 2013 Signed
Oil on board 21 ¾ x 14 ¾ inches Framed size 26 x 19 inches
Paul Feiler was born on 30 April 1918 in Frankfurt-am-main. His father Eric was a professor at the University there and as a child he regularly visited Frankfurt’s art gallery.
In 1933 when the Nazis seized power, Feiler was sent away to school first to the Netherlands and then to England where he completes his education at Canford School, Dorset.
In 1936 he enrols at the Slade School of Art and his parents move to London, his father practices in Harley Street. Paul continues his studies until 1939 the start of war and was interned on the Isle of Wight and then Canada for a year.
Feiler returned to England in 1941 and teaches at Eastbourne College which during the war was evacuated to Oxford and combined with Radley College.
In 1945 he marries June Miles also a painter and they had 3 children. In 1946 Feiler leaves Eastbourne Collage and joins the West of England College of Art in Bristol. He seems to first exhibit in 1949 at the Arts Council Young Contemporaries exhibition at Bristol Art Gallery and the following year at the Slade Contemporaries. Another show in 1952 at Bryanston School and his first solo exhibition was with the Redfern Gallery in 1953 where all his paintings sold out. With the proceeds he bought an old chapel at Kerris near Penzance. Redfern hosted 4 more exhibitions for him during the 1950’s but there was then a gap until 1993.
In 1954 he had his first exhibition abroad in the USA at the Obelisk Gallery Washington. During the mid 1950 Feiler is teaching at St Ives Summer School.
In 1960 he becomes head of painting at the West of England College. In 1968 Felier receives an Arts Council Award and works for three months in Kerris. During the late 1960’s he works on the Orbis and Lunatis series. In 1970 he marries Catherine Armitage and in 1974 they move to Kerris full time with their two sons.
In 1975 Feiler takes over Bryan Wynter’s studio at Paul near Kerris and continues to be head of painting at Bristol part time, but retires in 1983 aged 65. In 1990 there was a major retrospective exhibition at Austin/Desmond Fine Art. For the next twenty years the Feiler’s travelled throughout Europe regularly visiting France; Spain; Italy, Germany and Sweden; and Venice which they visited every year. In 2008 he started the first of his Perspex Square Reliefs.
During his lifetime Feiler exhibited in many group exhibitions throughout England and abroad including Germany; Sydney; Cape Town; and China. In all he had 56 solo exhibitions internationally. His work is synonymous with that of the St. Ives artists, in particular Peter Lanyon and Bryan Wynter.
Paul Feiler died on 8 July 2013.
This work dates from the mid 1950’s when his love for Cornwall blossomed.
Provenance: Austin/Desmond Fine Art; U.K Private Collection
Works Represented: Tate Gallery; Arts Council; CAS Liverpool; Manchester; Warwick; London; Oxford; Cambridge; Newcastle Universities; Galleries in England; USA; Canada; New Zealand
Bibl: Who’s Who in Art; The Redfern Gallery
|Height||21.75 inch||(55.24 cm)|
|Width||14.75 inch||(37.46 cm)|
|External Height||26.00 inch||(66.04 cm)|
|External Width||19.00 inch||(48.26 cm)|
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