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British Painter Paul Winstanley in Wellington

British Painter Paul Winstanley in Wellington

Paul Winstanley
Walkway, (2002)
oil on linen, 185x231cm
Courtesy of the artist and Artspace Auckland
Paul Winstanley
Century City1, 2006
oil on linen, 80X103cm
Private collection

Press Release
For immediate release, 18 April 2008

Vacant Spaces: Waiting Rooms, Hallways, Corridors…
British Painter Paul Winstanley in Wellington

City Gallery Wellington is pleased to present British artist Paul Winstanley in a special evening talk on Monday, April 28 at 6pm.

Fresh from the opening of his survey exhibition at Auckland’s Artpsace, Paul Winstanley: Paintings 1989-2007, and a solo show in New York, Paul will share insights into his esteemed work and practice which focuses primarily on the mystery and intensity of interior spaces.
Paul Winstanley paints directly from photographs, generally ones he has taken himself. His work deals with the experience of looking; the architecture of vacant spaces such as waiting rooms, lecture halls and never-ending walkways. Described as “at once methodical and melancholic”, there is a sense of imposed order in his work as well as an “atmosphere of abandonment or expectation about these spaces of fleeting transit or, at best, temporary occupation.”
Born in Manchester in 1954, Paul Winstanley has been exhibiting since the late 1970s and over the past decade has had regular solo exhibitions in London, Paris, Munich and New York. His one-person exhibition Driven Landscapes was at Camden Arts Centre in 1993 and Annexe in 1997-98 formed part of the Tate Gallery's Art Now series. Solo shows were featured at Vera Munro gallery in Hamburg in 2004 and 2006 and at the Kerlin Gallery Dublin in 2005. Paul has also participated in many group shows including the Whitechapel Open and the John Moores Exhibition as well as Made in London in 1998 at the Musea di Electricade, Lisbon; Postcards on Photography which toured Britain in 1998-99; and Landscape, which toured venues in Germany, Russia and Italy in 2000.

Winstanley’s work is held in major public collections including Tate Modern, British Council, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Fonds National d'art Contemporain (FNAC) in Paris and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. Paul lives and works in London. Auckland’s Artpsace current exhibition, Paul Winstanley: Paintings 1989-2007, includes a series of paintings from a Red Mansion Foundation exchange programme in China. For more information on Paul Winstanley see: and

Paul Winstanley Artist’s Talk
6pm, 28 April, 2008
City Gallery Wellington
Civic Square, Wellington
Admission: FREE

Pual Winstanley’s talk is presented in partnership with Artspace, Auckland. City Gallery Wellington is managed by the Wellington Museums Trust with major funding support from Wellington City Council.


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