Born in Frankfurt in 1918, Paul Feiler came to England in 1933 and studied from 1936 to 1939 at the Slade School. He was interned in Canada at the outbreak of the Second World War, returning to Britain in 1941 to begin his career as an artist. From 1941- 1975 he taught art at the Combined Colleges of Eastbourne and Radley and West England College of Art.
Feiler had always been concerned with the architecture of space and the ambiguity of our visual experiences. From the early 1950s, when 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. By 1953 he had moved permanently to Cornwall. 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.
signed, dated 1966/67 and titled verso
During the mid to late 1960s, Feiler explored the limits of vision and the exclusive nature of space. Spherical forms permeate his work as he became interested in openings, windows and portals through which to see space. The oval in this work forms a piece of a puzzle, with complementary shapes and passages carved out against the layered white background.