Feiler was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1918, and came to England in 1933. From 1936-39 he attended the Slade before being sent to Canada for internment. This was relatively brief, and he returned to teach at Radley and Eastbourne College, and then at the West of England College of Art from 1946.
His first visit in Cornwall was to St Ives in 1949, and from that time associated himself with artist friends there, moving slowly from representational art to greater abstraction in his work.
From 1960-75 he was Head of Painting at the College, and instituted a system whereby art students would spend a two-week field trip amongst artists in St Ives, in order for them to begin to understand the realities of the life as a creative practitioner. In 1968 he received an Arts Council Award. His system of field trips for students continued until his retirement in 1975.
He was married first to the landscape painter June MILES, with whom he had one son (Anthony) and two daughters, Helen FEILER and Christine FEILER, (both of whom are artist craftworkers, one a silversmith and textile designer, and the other a ceramicist). His second marriage was to the abstract painter Catherine ARMITAGE, with whom he has twin sons. He works now in the Trewarveneth studio that once belonged to Stanhope FORBES in Newlyn. In a recent exhibition catalogue (2009) at the Paisnel Gallery, London the collater comments that Feiler 'has always been concerned with the architecture of space...sensitive compositions using light and tone and most importantly texture.'
His work is in numerous international and national collections in the UK, Austria, Canada, France, New Zealand, and the USA. A comprehensive list is included in his 2011 Catalogue for 'A Retrospective' 2-23 April at the Lemon Street Gallery, Truro.
works and access
Works include: Winter Sea with Black Rocks (1953) at Cornwall Council collection; Nanjizal, Yellow Ochre (1962); Enclosed Form, Black (1964)
Shown at Falmouth (Great Atlantic, 2008) Untitled abstract (1960); Sekos GIV (1976) Ambit GX; Sekos III (1979); Sekos GXXV (1979)
Access to work: Redfearn Gallery on-line archive; V&A, London; Tate London; Tate St Ives; Arts Council; Birmingham Museum; Kettle's Yard, Cambridge among others
RWA Bristol: Artists from Cornwall 1992
Tate St Ives: Retrospective 1995-6
Tate St Ives: The Near and The Far (Solo show) 2005 (with catalogue)
Great Atlantic Arwenack St Gallery 2008: 'the golden age of Cornish art'
Lemon Street Gallery, Truro 2011: A Retrospective
Paul Feiler : One Hundred Years, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings (21 Apr-8 July)
(Long list of other exhibitions in file catalogues at the WCAA)
NSA 1972-3 list
misc further info
WCAA Archive File
Buckman (2006) Dictionary of Artists in Britain since 1945
T Cross (2002) Catching the Wave, Contemporary Art & Artists in Cornwall (pp51-54, with photos & illus);
Great Atlantic Publications & Clark Art Ltd (2008) the golden age of cornish art
Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn: Diary of a Gallery;
Hoyle, H (Feb 2012 Women Artists in Cornwall www.cornishmuse.blogspot.com) 'Grace Gardner - a life in abstraction'
Hoyle, H (Feb 2014 Women Artists in Cornwall www.cornishmuse.blogspot.com) 'Morag Ballard at Lemon Street Gallery'
McLeod, Alister J (1973) Newlyn Society of Artists 1895-1973 (NAG 12 page brochure)
Paisnel Gallery Exhibition catalogue (2009) Post-War and St Ives
Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF) Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly: Oil Paintings in Public Ownership
RWE (1992) Artists from Cornwall, Bristol
Tate (1985) St Ives 1939-64 Twenty Five Years of Painting, Sculpture and Pottery (pp118-9 with photo 1959)