Paul Neagu

b. 1938
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“(…) all the senses - sight, touch, smell, taste - supplement and devour each other, so that the object can be possessed in a multiplicity of ways by those who contemplate it.”

Born in 1938 in Bucharest (Romania), Paul Neagu completed his studies at the Department of Painting of the Nicolae Grigorescu Art Institute in 1965. Four years later, he travelled to Scotland for an exhibition in Edinburgh, and ended up settling in London, where he would live and work until his death in 2004. His influences included Cubism, Marcel Duchamp, Constantin Brancusi and Joseph Beuys. Neagu was also a well-respected teacher, most notably lecturing at the Hornsey, the Slade and Chelsea, and became Associate Professor at the Royal College of Art in 1976.

Always interested in philosophy and metaphysics, he experimented through art in a great range of mediums like performance, sculpture, drawing, painting, video and photography. In the 1960s, he started making box-like shaped palpable and tactile sculptures. In 1972, he founded the Generative Art Group with five fictitious members representing different parts of his creative psyche. Today, his works can be found in many public and private collections worldwide.

Double Edge, 1967

wood, cardboard, fabric and plaster, 8,5 x 45,5 x 44 cm

Human Tongue, 1972

oil and pencil on canvas, 25 x 26 cm

Human Hand, 1972

silkscreen, 46 x 29.5 cm

Fist City, 1981

hand-coloured lithography, 27 x 21 cm