'The Path Home', 2020 © Celia Paul. Image courtesy of Victoria Miro

Celia Paul: Memory and Desire
May 19, 2022
‘April is the cruellest month, breeding / Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing / Memory and desire, stirring / Dull roots with spring rain.’ - The Waste Land, T.S. Eliot

Named after a line by T.S. Eliot, the exhibition ‘Memory and Desire’ coincides with the publication of ACS member Celia Paul’s new book ‘Letters to Gwen John’. The book features a series of letters to the eponymous painter, who has long been an inspiration for the artist.


The evocative, gripping canvases on view, completed whilst writing ‘Letters to Gwen John’, include self-portraits, landscapes, sparse interiors, and a sombre final portrait of her husband, who died of cancer in March 2021. Contemplative and solemn, beautiful and sincere, Celia Paul’s newest exhibition is an insight into her own life and into the human condition of these very difficult last couple of years.


Until 7 May
Victoria Miro, 16 Wharf Road, London N1 7RW