The work of Celia Paul has been on my mind.
I find her manipulation of paint compelling; it is nuanced brush work. It demonstrates a delicate yet assured response to the presence of her subjects - sometimes close family members, some times herself. The ambiguous light sources, shifting focal points and luminous shadows lend the paintings a warmth from which we can draw so much.
Beauty, mystery and strangeness come together in her work and affirms the unique strength of painting to mediate and embody human experience.
Celia's exhibition, Identity, Mothers and Daughters includes new works on paper, prints and paintings at Marlborough Fine Art, London until 26 Feb, 2011. London readers, feel free to write me with your personal feedback and experience of these.