Paul Feiler (1918 - 2013)
Paul Feiler was born in 1918 in Frankfurt am Main. In 1934 he moved to England and studied at the Slade between 1937 and 1940. On completion of his Art Masters at the combined colleges of Eastbourne and Radley, he began teaching at the West of England College of Art. He became head of painting in 1960 and continued to work there until 1975. Feiler's work became more abstract in 1950, following his first visit to Cornwall. In 1953 he bought a chapel at Kerris Paul near Penzance where he still lives with his wife, the paintier Catherine Armitage. In 1975 he took over Bryan Wynter's studio near Paul. Over the years he has exhibited consistently in major galleries in Britain and abroad and was included in the Tate Gallery's exhibition in 1985: St Ives 1939-64. His work is held in public collections worldwide including the Tate; the Victoria and Albert Museum; the National Gallery of New Zealand, Wellington and the Gallery of Modern Art, Washington D.C.