An online exhibition
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Unlike my paintings, my etchings come about very quickly, sometimes in minutes. My recent prints are all soft-ground etchings: a riskier process than the more widely used hard-grounds. The image, for a hard-ground, is made by scoring a copper plate with an etching needle. A soft-ground plate is prepared by rolling a mixture of beeswax, rosin and tallow onto a copper plate over which is placed a thin layer of tissue paper. I use a B pencil to draw the image onto the paper. After the tissue paper has been removed, the plate is bitten in the acid for a varying amount of time – up to 4 days. When the plate is inked and printed, the delicate lines of the original drawing appear on the print: it feels like a miracle when it works. I like to carry a plate or two around with me – my prints, for this reason, are all on a small scale. I like the effect of delicacy, immediacy and gravitas - unique to a soft-ground print.
Celia Paul, 3 March 2021
Through all her work the sense of sight is associated with a world of potential, within. This is how a sense of the ineffable is able to be communicated. Integrity of sentiment underwrites the substantiation of each subject...
Introduction to Celia Paul, Paintings and Drawings
Marlborough Fine Art (London), 1991
I've lived in this flat longer than I have lived anywhere (21 years) and the British Museum and Post Office Tower have taken on a significance for me. I'm directly opposite the main gates of the British Museum and I'm in a constant relationship to it.
From William Feaver's introduction to Celia Paul, Stillness
Desdemona for Celia by Hilton, collaboration with Hilton Als, organised by Dodie Kazanjian, Gallery Met, New York.
Forces of Nature, a mixed exhibition, curated by New York writer and critic, Hilton Als
Celia Paul, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Verne Dawson, Peter Doig, NS Harsha, Alice Neel, Chris Ofili, Tal R, Sarah Sze, Kara Walker, Francesca Woodman
Celia Paul has created a special limited edition print for Pallant House Gallery. Room is being published to coincide with the exhibition, Sickert’s Dieppe: The Art of Modern Life in July 2015, and is available exclusively from Pallant House.
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