Paul Feiler is a prominent figure in the story of mid-century St Ives art. The lyrical abstract works he created in the 1950s and 60s were profoundly influenced by the Cornish landscape, and his subtle variations of colour and form are inspired by the unique light and atmosphere of the land around him. Two major retrospectives of Paul Feiler’s work were held at Tate St. Ives, in 1995 and 2005.
Paul was born in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1918. He came to England in 1933 and ultimately came to live and work in West Cornwall. He studied at the Slade from 1938-40 before teaching at the West of England College of Art. Between 1957 and 1963 he executed several murals in public buildings for the architects Yorke, Rosenberg and Mardall. He has exhibited extensively throughout the UK, including Redfern Gallery, Grosvenor Gallery, Warwick Arts Trust, Austin/Desmond Gallery in London, the Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol and the Tate St Ives in 1995 and 2005. He has also been represented in major public institutions throughout the world. These include the Tate Gallery; the Arts Council; the Albertina, Vienna; Toronto Art Gallery, Canada; the National Gallery, Wellington, NZ; Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; Gallery of Modern Art, Washington DC.