PAUL FEILER (1918-2013)


Jessica Carlisle is delighted to be working with the estate of British artist Paul Feiler (1918 - 2013). 

Feiler moved to Cornwall in 1953, where he taught at the St Ives Summer School for several years. Through his close friendship with Peter Lanyon he became associated with the St Ives School painters such as Terry Frost and Patrick Heron, who were known for developing modern and abstract art in Britain during the 1940s to 1960s. For a number of years Feiler worked within this movement, however, as he himself said, “I couldn’t become a ventriloquist and try to become someone else just to be a member of the scene. Gradually I withdrew from the scene and did my own thing.” The character of Feiler’s work changed radically in the 1970s, moving to an entirely non-figurative, geometric language, always on square canvas. The works embody the idea of a sacred and devotional space reserved for contemplation and are pared down to an exploration of colour, perspective and space.

Two retrospective exhibitions of Feiler’s work were held at Tate St Ives in 1995 and in 2005. Feiler’s paintings are held in collections both in the UK and internationally, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate and Kettle’s Yard.

An exhibition will take place at the Marylebone gallery during Frieze Week 2016, organised in association with the Redfern Gallery.