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Paul FEILER 1918 -

Biography

Paul Feiler was born in 1918 in Frankfurt-am-Main in Germany. Feiler travelled to Britain in 1933 to study at the Slade School of Art in London, which he did between 1936-39.

At the outbreak of the World War II he was interned in Canada. Upon his return to Britain in 1941 he begin his career as an artist in earnest, moving permanently to Britain.

He completed his Master of Arts at the Combined Colleges of Eastbourne and Radley and then taught art at the West England College of Art until he retired from teaching in 1975, being head of painting from 1960 onwards.

Feiler has always been concerned with the architecture of space and the ambiguity of our visual experiences. Feiler's work became more abstract in 1950, following his first visit to Cornwall. At this time he became known for his gestural abstractions inspired by the structure of natural forms, his paintings were sensitive constructions using space, tone and light, leading to simplification. In 1953 he bought a chapel at Kerris Paul near Penzance where he still lives with his wife, the paintier Catherine Armitage.

By 1953 he had moved permanently to Cornwall where he still resides. Inspired by the Cornish light and landscape, his painting during this and the following decade became influenced by Abstract Expressionism. However, his abstraction has consistently drawn on external sources to render an environment in pictorial terms.

He is a prominent member of the St Ives School, which has included Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson.

Over the years he has exhibited consistently in major galleries in Britain and abroad, including at the Tate Gallery, the Victoria & Albert, and consistently at St Ives since the 50s. His work is held in public collections worldwide.