Paul Feiler 1918 - 2013

Painter, born in 1918 in Frankfurt am Main, He first came to England in 1933 and studied at the Slade School of Art (1936-1939). At the outbreak of WW1 he was interned in Canada but after the war he returned to England. Here, he took a teaching post at Eastbourne and Radley, before moving on to teach at the West of England College of Art in 1946. He remained here until 1975, acting as the Head of Painting.

Feiler's early, gestural abstract style reflected various influences from Victor Pasmore, William Scott and Peter Lanyon, amongst others. In 1949 he first visited Cornwall and by 1953, he had permanently moved there. As such, his work and reputation from the fifties was often aligned with the post-war Modernists living in St Ives as well as Abstract Expressionism. During the sixties, Feiler began to develop an increasingly geometric and structural sense of form - with orbs and circles featuring as common motifs. By the seventies he was producing the works with which he is most commonly associated- square paintings which frame, often circular, inner spaces in an attempt to give vision to the experience of space.

Feiler still lives in the chapel at Kerris, Paul, near Penzance that he purchased in the fifties. He has had numerous solo exhibitions at the Redfern Gallery in London, from 1959 to 2000 as well as, the Arnolfini Bristol in 1961, the Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh, in1969, the John Hansard Gallery in, Southampton in 1982, the Warwick Arts Trust, London in 1982 and a retrospective in 1995/6 at the Tate Gallery, St Ives. In September 2005 the Tate St Ives showed work spanning six decades of the artist's career.

His work is represented in public collections in Austria, Canada, France, New Zealand and the USA. It is part of many important public collections in the UK including, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Tate Gallery, London, the Arts Council of Great Britain, Kettles Yard Museum and the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.