1918 Born, Frankfurt-am-Main. His parents, Erich Feiler, Professor of Dentistry at Frankfurt University, and Helene, née Pringsheim, move in liberal political circles. They have many artist friends and buy contemporary paintings. At the age of three, Paul is given a paintbox; from this time to the present he has never ceased to paint. Beginning in early childhood, he goes every Sunday on his own to look at the paintings in the Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt’s art gallery. During holidays he frequently stays with his grandmother in the Alps at Garmisch-Poartenkirchen, where he skates, skis, climbs mountains and rides horses.
1933 When the Nazis seize power, Paul is sent away to school by his parents, first to Zwolle (Netherlands), then to England. He completes his schooling at Canford School, Dorset.
1936 Joined in London by his parents, where his father practices in Harley Street. He enrolls at the Slade School of Art, continuing his studiues there until 1939. Fellow students include Patrick Heron, Adrian Heath, Adrian Ryan, Bryan Wynter and Kennth Armitage.
1939 At the outbreak of war, Feiler is interned, first on the Isle of Wight, then in Canada for a year.
1941 On his return to England, Feiler teaches at the public school Eastbourne College, which for the duration of the war has been evacuated to Oxford and combined with Radley College.
1945 Marries painter June Miles; they have three children: Christine (born in 1948), Anthony (1950), and Helen (1952).
1946 Feiler leaves Eastbourne College and joins the staff of the West of England College of Art in Bristol. The experimental attitude he develops both to painting and to teaching leads to some confrontations with the authorities, and he is frequently sent out to inspect students doing teaching practice in schools; he turns the many hours spent waiting in railway stations to good use in his work.
1947 Makes the first of many visits to Venice.
1949 Visits Cornwall for the first time, where he befriends Peter Lanyon and renews friendship with Bryan Wynter. His work is included in the Arts Council Young Contemporaries exhibition at Bristol Art Gallery. He has a shared exhibition, Slade Contemporaries, the following year with Winter, Treffgarne, Ryan and Heron.
1950 Meets William Scott who was teaching at Corsham, and forms a lasting friendship.
1952 Shows at Bryanston School with Wynter, Scott, Lanyon and Heron.
1953 First solo exhibition at the Redfern Gallery, which is reviewed by Heron in the New Statesman. All the works are sold, including one painting purchased for the Arts Council Collection. He has four further exhibitions at the Redfern in the 1950s. With the proceeds from his Redfern exhibition, Feiler acquires a disused chapel at Kerris, near Penzance, which he converts to his home, although for many years he still lives for much of the time in Bristol.
1954 First solo exhibition in the USA at the Obelisk Gallery, Washington, DC. During the year he makes the first of several trips to the Italian lakes (Gandria, Isolabella) and also visits Florence. During the mid 1950s he teaches at the St Ives summer school initiated by Peter Lanyon and Terry Frost.
1957 Makes the first of several family visits to the USA. The first of a number of plaster tile reliefs is executed for the architectural partnership Yorke, Rosenberg& Mardell. The last is made in 1963; by the end of the century, virtually all have been destroyed.
1958 His paintings are increasingly dramatic abstractions of the Atlantic landscapes on the Cornish coast, often dominated by expanses of white paint. In the summer Mark Rothko and his wife visit Lanyon in Cornwall and Feiler in Kerris.
1959 Feiler exhibits new work at the Redfern Gallery, but – in contrast to his earlier shows – most of the paintings are unsold. It is his last show at the Redfern until 1993.
1960 Appointed Head of Painting in the West of England College of Art (later part of Bristol Polytechnic).
1967 Travels to Greece, visiting Athens, Delphi, Olympia and Mycenae.
1968 Receives an Arts Council Award and is able to work for three months in Kerris. During the late 1960s, he embarks on the Orbis and Lunatis series; in these his former expressionist handling of the paint gives way to an increasingly ordered abstraction, in which harmonies of form and colour describe a more universal aspect of forms in space. The first of his Ambit and Adytum/Aduton works, his earliest series of shrine paintings, are made in 1969. His work since that time has been a constant elaboration of the shrine theme, integrating the observation of natural and man-made shapes with the formal patterns and mysterious enclosures of the temenos.
1970 Marries painter Catharine Armitage; they visit Sicily, exploring the classical remains.
1974 The Feilers move full-time to Kerris, where their twin sons, Hugo and Adam, are born.
1975 Takes over Bryan Wynter’s studio at Paul, near Kerris, a barn converted for the painter Stanhope Forbes in the mid-nineteenth century. He works downstairs, while Catharine paints in the upstairs studio. Feiler continiues as Head of Painting at Bristol on a part-time basis.
1980-81 Scottish Arts Council travelling exhibition in Britain and Germany, initiated by Professor John Steer and curated by Bryan Robertson.
1983 At age sixty-five, Feiler retires from teaching.
1990 Major retrospective at Austin/Desmond Fine Art, London. Over the next twenty years, the Feilers travel in Europe, making annual visits to Venice and many trips to France, Italy, Spain, Germany and Sweden.
1992 The Feilers visit Egypt.
1993 A solo exhibition at the Redfern Gallery renews their relationship after more than thirty years.
1995 Solo exhibition Form to Essence at the Tate Gallery, St Ives.
1996 Start of the Janus series of paintings.
1998 States of the Janicon series of paintings.
2005 Solo exhibition The Near and The Far at the Tate Gallery, St Ives. Start of the Zenicon series of paintings.
2008 First of the perspex Square Reliefs.
Currently lives and works in Newlyn, Cornwall.
1953/54/56/57 Redfern Gallery, London
1954 Obelisk Gallery, Washington DC
1958 Obelisk Gallery, Washington DC
1959 Redfern Gallery, London
1961 Arnolfini, Bristol
1962 Grosvenor Gallery, London
1965 Grosvenor Gallery, London
1965 Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
1966 Balliol College JCR, Oxford
1966 Clare College JCR, Cambridge
1969 Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh
1969 Sheviock Gallery, Plymouth
1972 Archer Gallery, London
1975 Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg
1975 St Clements Hall, Mousehole
1977 Wills Lane Gallery, St Ives
1979 Meredith College, NC, USA
1979 Duke University, NC, USA
1981-82 Crawford Centre for the Arts, University of St Andrews and toured to: Alpirsbacher Galerie, Alpirsbach EKG Kunst, Stuttgart,
1981-82 John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton
1981-82 Warwick Arts Trust, London: introduction by John Steer
1982 Fayetteville Museum of Art, North Carolina, USA: introduction by Phyllis A McLeod
1993 Redfern Gallery, London: introduction by John Steer
1994 Redfern Gallery, London
1995/96 Retrospective Exhibition, Tate Gallery, St Ives
1996 Redfern Gallery, London
1998 The Rotunda, Hong Kong Land, Hong Kong
1999 Redfern Gallery, London
2002 "Connections", Redfern Gallery, London and Le Cadre, Hong Kong
2002 Redfern Gallery, London
2003 Works on Paper, Redfern Gallery, London
2005 Janicon, Redfern Gallery, London
2005 The Near and The Far, Tate Gallery, St Ives
2005 Redfern Gallery, London
2005 Tate St. Ives
2007 Redfern Gallery, London
2010 Paul Feiler - Elusive Space, Redfern Gallery, London
2011 Paul Feiler - A Retrospective, Lemon Street Gallery, Truro
2013 Paul Feiler - Past and Present, Redfern Gallery, London
1949 Young Contemporaries, ACGB (Western Region exhibition at Bristol City Art Gallery
1950 Bristol City Art Gallery, (With Bryan Wynter, R W Treffgarne, Adrian Ryan, Patrick Heron)
1952 Bryanston School, Dorset (with Bryan Wynter, William Scott, Peter Lanyon, Patrick Heron)
1952 The Mirror and the Square, AIA New Burlington Galleries
1953 The Unknown Political Prisoner, ICA West Country Landscapes ACGB (Western Region touring exhibition, also shown in Germany)
1953 Coronation Exhibition, The Redfern Gallery, London
1953 Figures in their Setting, Tate Gallery
1953 British Contemporary Paintings, Arts Council Gallery, London
1954 Nine English Painters, Dublin
1954 The Octagon, Bath (with Wynter, Potworowski and Lanyon)
1954 The Seasons, Tate Gallery
1956 Statements - a review of British Abstract art in 1956, ICA, London, curated by Lawrence Alloway
1956 Aspects of contemporary English painting, Parsons Gallery, London
1957 British Abstract Painting, Paris, Milan, Montreal Melbourne, Sydney
1957 Metavisual, tachiste and abstract painting in England today, Redfern Gallery, London
1957 Dimensions: British abstract art 1948-1957, O'Hana Gallery, London (curated by Lawrence Alloway)
1958 British Abstract Painting, Redfern Gallery, London exhibition toured to: Auckland, Liège, Johannesburg, Cape Town
1959 Architect's Choice ICA, London
1959 50 Years of British Painting, CAS exhibition organised by Denis Matthews and shown through the 'Friends of China' in Peking and Shanghai
1960-61 Contemporary British Landscapes, ACGB touring exhibition
1961 John Moore's, Liverpool
1961 British Painting in the '60's, Tate Gallery
1961 Arnolfini, Bristol
1964 Lanyon, Hilton, Feiler, Davie, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol
1966 British Painting 1950-57 ACGB touring exhibition
1972 Two (works each) by seven (artists) Archer Gallery, London
1977 Cornwall 1945-55, New Art Centre, London
1980 Art in the making, Brewhouse Art Centre, Bristol
1985 St Ives 1939-64: twenty-five years of painting sculpture and pottery, Tate Gallery, London (curated by David Brown, introduction by David Lewis)
1989 Post-war British abstract art, Austin/Desmond Fine Art, London (introduction by Margaret Garlake)
1999 'Orbis - Towards and Beyond' - A historical exhibition of works done before, during and after the Moon Landing in 1969, Redfern Gallery, London
2000 ART 2000 - Redfern Gallery stand devoted entirely to the work of Paul Feiler