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Paul Winstanley

Art School 25 (Coventry Immanation), 2014, Oil on Panel, 64X64cm

Paul Winstanley was born in Manchester in June 1954. He studied painting at Cardiff College of Art from 1973-76 and the Slade from 1976-78.

Schooled in the orthodoxies of abstract Modernism, Winstanley spent a decade after college establishing a new visual language, combining the tenets of minimalism with the pictorialism of photography. His breakthrough showing of the large painting 'Walkway' at the Whitechapel Open in 1989 won him the first prize Unilever Award. He went on to enjoy a year as Kettle's Yard artist in residence in Cambridge, hosted by Churchill College with Newnham College providing the Old Lab in the gardens as a studio. In this supportive environment he created a new body of work shown first at Kettle's Yard and then on tour within the UK. Throughout the 1990's Winstanley developed an array of related imagery of semi-public, post-war interior spaces; of waiting rooms, lounges, TV rooms, walkways and lobbies; creating a meditation on the utility of English modernism and its concurrent political underpinnings. Along with his landscapes viewed from moving vehicles this work culminated first in his1993 show 'Driven Landscapes' at Camden Arts Centre and then in his 1997/98 Art Now show 'Annexe' at Tate, Millbank.

Following a serious road accident and recovery he emerged with a new emphasis on the transience of the interior/exterior relationship, notably in the diaphanous and translucent series of paintings 'Veil' which he pursued intermitantly over a ten year period and of images of modernist architectural interiors with large plate-glass picture windows evoking the sublime. He had a major retrospective of his work at Art Space, Auckland, New Zealand in 2008.

The role of the viewer is central to an understanding of Winstanley's paintings and his occasional use of the figure echoes that active passivity. Engrossed, they watch, look, wait, smoke, phone, text.

In 2013 his photographic project 'Art School' was published by Ridinghouse. Focussing on the empty, tarnished studio they picture a teaching and creative environment on the cusp of existential change. The images became the basis for a new, extended body of work using the art school studio interior as a model from which to explore divergent painterly concerns, from the tropes of Dutch 17th Century interior painting to American mid-century minimalist abstraction. This necessitated a change in practice, painting on wood and aluminium panels instead of stretched linen. This change of materiality has opened up new possibilities, creating new and unexpected lines of thought.

In 2018 Winstanley produced his new book '59 Paintings; In which the artist considers the process of thinking about and making work', an episodic account of his practice and thought processes as seen through the lens of individual paintings (published by Art/Books).

Winstanley has shown regularly in Los Angeles, New York, Dublin, London, Paris and Hamburg. He has work in the collections of Tate (London), MoMA (New York), MoCA (Los Angeles), IMMA (Dublin), The British Library, The New York City Public Library, Southampton City Art Gallery, ACGB, British Council. He lives and works in London.

Selected Solo Exhibitions


Paul Winstanley 1994 -2024, Galleria Six, Milan


The Persistence of the Sublime, Galerie Vera Munro, Hamburg


My Heart's in the Highlands, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York


After the War the Renaissance, 1301PE, Los Angeles


Altered States, Vera Munro Gallery, Hamburg


Paul Winstanley, Pilar Serra, Madrid

Paul Winstanley, Alan Cristea Gallery, London


Faith After Saenredam And Other Paintings, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin


Art School; New Prints and Panel Paintings, Alan Cristea Gallery, London.


Art School, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York


Art School, 1301PE, Los Angeles


Art School, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin

Art School, Vera Munro Gallery, Hamburg


Red T Shirt Grey, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London


Paul Winstanley, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York


Everybody Thinks This Is Nowhere, Alan Cristea Gallery, London

Paul Winstanley, 1301PE, Los Angeles


Paul Winstanley, Vera Munro Gallery, Hamburg

The Gun Emplacement, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin


Threshold, Artspace, Aukland, New Zealand

Paul Winstanley, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York


Republic, 1301PE, Los Angeles


Paul Winstanley, Vera Munro Gallery, Hamburg


Homeland, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin

Paul Winstanley, 1301PE, Los Angeles


Paul Winstanley, New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury

Paul Winstanley, Vera Munro Gallery, Hamburg


Paul Winstanley, Maureen Paley Gallery, London


Paul Winstanley, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin

Paul Winstanley, 1301PE, Los Angeles


Paul Winstanley, Maureen Paley Gallery, London

Studies, 1301PE, Los Angeles

Nostalgia, Galerie Andreas Binder, Munich


Institute, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris

Paul Winstanley, Maureen Paley Interim Art, London


Annexe, Art Now 12, Tate Gallery, London


Paul Winstanley, Galerie Andreas Binder, Munich

Paul Winstanley, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris

Paul Winstanley, CRG Gallery, New York


Still, Maureen Paley Interim Art, London


Paul Winstanley, CRG Gallery, New York


Paul Winstanley, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris

Paul Winstanley, Maureen Paley Interim Art, London


Driven Landscapes, Camden Arts Centre, London


Paul Winstanley, Paintings 1991-2, Kettle's Yard Cambridge; Lancaster Gallery, Coventry; BAC Gallery, London; Plymouth Art Centre, Plymouth.


Paul Winstanley, Riverside Studios, London

Selected Group Exhibitions


'A Century of the Artist's Studio 1920-2020', Whitechapel Gallery, London


Summer Show, Royal Academy, London

 Winter Darkness, 1301PE, Los Angeles


Realitatscheck, Kunstraum, Potsdam


Selected Works, 1301PE, Los Angeles

 As You Like It - C'est Comme Vous Voulez, Praz-Delavellade, Los Angeles

 Summer Show, Royal Academy, London


Dialogues, Vera Munro Gallery, Hamburg

 Summer Show, 1301PE, Los Angeles.

 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London.

 A Certain Kind of Light, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne; The Exchange, Penzance.

 Varying The Chorus, with Brice Marden, Michael Mazur and Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston

 Geometrics, Andreas Binder Gallery, Munich

 New Beginnings, Alan Cristea Gallery, London


Intermission, 1301PE, Los Angeles


Conversations, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

 Aesthetic Harmonies: Whistler in Context, Colby Museum of Art, Maine.


The Unassuming Eye, Sobering Galerie, Paris

 Summer Exhibition, Alan Cristea Gallery, London


Here We Go, Karsten Schubert Gallery, London

 13, Alan Cristea Gallery, London

 Art And Existence, Esbjerg Kunst Museum, Denmark

 Window To The World, Fondation del'Hermitage, Lausanne

 Lifelike, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego

 Lifelike, The Blankton Museum of Art, Austin

 Under The Grennwood Tree, St Barbe Museum, Lymington

 A Space for Contemplation, Galerie Andreas Binder, Munich

 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London


Window To The World, Museo Cantonale d'art and Museo d'art, Lugano

 Lifelike, Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis

 Lifelike, New Orleans Museum of Art

 The Deer, Curated by Eric Troncy, Le Consortium, Dijon

 There is a Place, The New Art Gallery, Walsall


UK and EU Contemporary Artists, Galerie Pilar Serra, Madrid

 Barrie Cooke, David Godbold, Elizabeth Magill, Stephen McKenna, Paul Winstanley, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin

 Summer Exhibition, Summer Exhibition, London

 Artists for Kettle's Yard, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge

 Unscharf, Nach Gerhard Richter, Kunsthalle, Hamburg


Parallax, Paul Winstanley and Peter Rostovsky, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara

 Sea Feaver, From Turner to Today, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton

 High Ideals and Crazy Dreams, Galerie Vera Munro, Hamburg

 Eleven, Alan Cristea Gallery, London

 Without from Within, Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham


Terror and the Sublime: Art in an Age of Anxiety, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork

 Conflicting Tales; Subjectivity, Burger Collection, Berlin

 Self as Selves, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

 Mind the Step, 1301PE, Los Angeles


Inside Architecture, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

 Editions and Acquisitions, 2008, Alan Cristea Gallery, London

 Fifty Percent Solitude, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin

 Eight Visions One Dream, Today Art Nuseum, Beijing


I Don't Do Nature, 1301PE, Los Angeles

 Radharc, Galway Arts Centre, Galway


Gallery Artsits, Winter Show, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin

 Ghost, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

 Summer Exhibition, Roayal Academy, London

 Gallery Artists, Summer Show, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin

 Shining, Gallery Andreas Binder, Munich

 Morandi's Legacy, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal

 Morandi's Legacy, Estorick Collection, London


Almost, Robert Millar Gallery, New York

 Flashback, Kunstverien, Freiburg, Germany


John Moores 23 Exhibition of Contemporary Painting, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

 Munch Re-Visited, Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund

 Blow Up, St Paul's Gallery, Birmingham


Ouvres Recentes, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris

 4ever Young, Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv


Watery Domestic, The Renaissance Society, University Of Chicago, Chicago

 Painting and Illustration, Luckman Galery, California State University, Los Angeles

 Eight New Paintings; Barrie Cooke, Felin Egan, Mark Francis, Maureen Gallace, Callum Innes, Elizabeth Magill, Sean Scully, Paul Winstanley, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin

 Painted, Printed and Produced in Great Britain,, Grant Selwyn Fine Art, New York

 Beyond Barbizon, Elias Fine Art, Allston, Massachusetts

 Ten Years, Galerie Andreas Binder, Munich

 Illumination, Marvelli Gallery, New York

 Landscape, British Council Touring Exhibition, Casa Andrade Muricy, Curitiba, Brazil


Melancholy, City Art Gallery, Southampton

 Melancholy, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland

 Telling Tales, Narrative Impulses in Recent Art, Tate Gallery, Liverpool

 Multiplication, British Council Touring Show to: Romania, Croatia, Turkey, Russia, Estonia, Poland

 Landscape, British Council Touring Show, Centro Cultrural del Conde Duque, Madrid

 Landscape, British Council Touring Show, Sofia Municipal Gallery, Sofia

 Landscape, British Council Touring Show, Museu de Arte Contemporanes de Niterio, Rio de Janeiro

 Landscape, Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo


The Wreck of Hope, Nunnery Gallery, London

 Landscape, British Council Touring Show, ACC Galerie, Weimar, Germany

 Landscape, British Council Touring Show, House of Artists, Moscow

 Landscape, British Council Touring Show, Peter and Paul Fortress, St Petersburg

 Landscape, British Council Touring Show, Museum of Modern Art, Rome


Paysages d'artistes, Fondation d'Art Contemporain Guerlin, Les Mesnuls, France

 Go Away; Artists and Travel, Royal College of Art, London

 Painting Pictures, Beaver College Art Gallery, Glenside, Philadelphia

 I'm a Virgin, Waiting Room, University of Wolverhampton

 Postcards on Photography, Cambridge Darkroom Gallery, Cambridge

1998Postcards on Photogrphy, Hansard Gallery, Southampton

 Postcards on Photography, Site Gallery, Sheffield

 Postcards on Photography, Camerawork, London

 Postcards on Photography, Stills Gallery, Edinburgh

 Still, Laurent Delaye Gallery, London

 Made In London, Musea de Electicade, Lisbon


Interior, Maureen Paley Interim Art, London

 Within These Walls, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge

 John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 20, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

 Longing, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich


ACE, Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery, London and touring

 Inner London, Delphina Gallery, London


Crossroads, Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury

 Crossroads, Wolsey Gallery, Ipswich

 Crossroads, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Brussels

 Crossroads, FRAC Basse Normandie, Caen


On Painting, James Hockey Gallery, WSCAD, Farnham

 Landescapes, Torino, Italy


John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 18, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

 Strictly Painting, Cubitt Street Gallery, London

 Re-Present, Todd Gallery, London


Twelve Stars, Arts Council Gallery, Belfast

 Twelve Stars, City Art Gallery, Edinburgh

 Twelve Stars, Barbican Center, London

 The Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London

 British Painters, Harris Museum, Preston


Three Painters; Nicholas May, Nicholas Rule, Paul Winstanley, Maureen Paley Interim Art, London


Gallery Artists, Maureen Paley Interim art, London


Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London

John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 16, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool


Selected Bibliography


Paul Winstanley; Altered States, Jens Astoff, Kunstforum issue 265, December 2019.

 Artists Writing: Paul Winstanley, Paul Carey-Kent, FAD Magazine, 11th September, 2019


59 Paintings; In which the artist considers the process of thinking about and making work. Ben Street, Times Literary Supplement, September 17th, 2018.


Minimalism in the Dutch Golden Age at the Kerlin, Aidan Dunne, Irish Times, 23rd May, 2017


Art School 31, Nathan O'Donnell, published in Response to a Request, 16 October

 Watch These Spaces, Anna Coatman, RA Magazine, no 130, Spring 2016


The Califuk issue, Flaunt, no 143

 Whistler and the World, Edited by Justin Caan, 288pp, Book


Paul Winstanley; Selected Works. Thisispaper, January 2914

 PaulWinstanley Conjures a Reflective Expressiveness at 1301PE, Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, May 24, 2014

 Paul Winstanley, KCRW, Art Talk, May 22, 2014

 Paul Winstanley, Art School, Thisispaper, January 2014


Paul Winstanley, Art School, Cristin Leach Hughes, The Sunday Times, 1st December, 2013

 Paul Winstanley, Art School, Published by Ridinghouse, Essay by Jon Thompson, Interview with Maria Fusco, 288pp, 240 Illustrations, Hardback Book

 Paul Winstanley, Galerie Vera Munro, Jens Astoff, Artforum, Critics Picks


Lifelike, Walker Art Center, 192 pp, Catalogue

 Paul Winstanley, Kirsten Everberg, Frog, numero 10


Rise; Paul Winstanley, Rebecca Fullylove, Dazed Digital, December 2011

 Paul Winstanley, Joseph R Wolin, Time Out New York, October 4,2011

 Paul Winstanley, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, Barbara Pollack, ARTnews, October 2011


Paul Winstanley, 1301PE, Jan Tumlir, Artforum, December 2010

 Paul Winstanley, A Beautifull Viel, L.A. Weekly, October 2010

 Everybody Thinks This is Nowhere, Alan Cristea Gallery, Interview between Paul Winstanley and Helen Waters, 40pp Catalogue

 Without from Within, Djanogly Art Gallery, Essay by Anne Goodchild, 64pp, Catalogue

 Paul Winstanley, Lux, Jens Astoff, Kunstforum, Jan-Feb


Terror and the Sublime, Art In an age of Anxiety, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Essays by Peter Murray and William Laffan, 128pp, Catalgue

 Conflicting Tales; Subjectivity, Burger Collection, Edited by Danial Kurjakovic, 228pp, Catalogue


Paul Winstanley: Threshold, Essays by Andrew Renton and Christel Fricke, Published by Clouds and Artspace, Auckland, 149pp, 100 Reproductions,Book


Morandi's Legacy, Influences in British Art, Andrew Lambirth, The Spectator, 29 April

 Leer big in den letzen winkel, Jan Wolf, Hamburger Adenblatt, 31 March

 Morandi's Legacy, Influences in British Art, Interview Between Paull Coldwell and Paul Winstanley, Estorick Collection, 78pp, Catalogue


Paul Winstanley, Homeland, Luke Clancy, Modern Painters, June 2005

 Paul Winstanley, Homeland, Aiden Dunce, Irish Times, 6 April


Space Inveilers, Sue Hubbard, The Independent, 29 October

 Paul Winstanley, Jens Astoff, Artforum,, Critics Picks

 Blow Up, Flash Art, March 2004


Paul Winstanley, William Feaver, Art News, December 2003

 Paul Winstanley, Anne Fielding, Time Out, no 1726, September 2003

 Utopia Remembered, Anthony Downey, Contemporary, no51, 2003


Paul Winstanley, Anthony Downey, Contemporary, November 2002


To Infinity and Beyond, Simon Morely, Art Review, February


Paul Winstanley, Sally O Reilly, Time Out, no1587, January 2000

 Paul Winstanley, Duncan McLaren, Independent on Sunday, 10 December

 Paul Winstanley Archive; Complete Paintings 1989-2000, Maureen Paley Interim Art and 1301PE, 120pp, Book

 Landscape, The British Council, 80pp, Catalogue


Paysages d'artistes, Fondation d'art Contemporain, Daniel andFlorende Guerlain, 52pp, Catalogue

 Atmosphere, Judicael Lavrador, Le Journal Des Exposition, no 223

 Un si Beau Monde, Philippe Dagen, Le Monde, 9 December

 Postcards on Photography, Valerie Reardon, Art Monthly, February

 From A to B (And Back Again), Royal College of Art, 120pp, Catalogue


Postcards on Photography, Cambridge Darkroom Gallery, 144pp, Catalogue

 Still, Martin Coomer, Time Out, no 1464

 The Freidrich Factor, Simon Morely, Contemporary Visual Arts, Isue 19

 Ways of Seeing and the Pleasures of the Visual, Nicholas de Ville, Contemporary Visual Arts, Issue 18

 Paul Winstanley, Galerie Andreas Binder, Justin Hoffman, Artforum, February

 Paul Winstanley, Sach Craddock, The Times, 13 January

 Paul Winstanley, Tate Gallery, Martin Herbert, Time Out, no 1427


The Lights are Out but There's No One at Home, Which is Just As Well, William Feaver, The Observer, 14 December

 Interior, Sue Hubbard, Time Out, no 1421

 Moores Scores, William Feaver, The Observer, 9 November

 John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 20, Walker Art Gallery, Catalogue

 Within These Walls, Sarah Greenberg, Blueprint, September

 Faszinierende Spiele miy Licht und Leise Tone, Hubert Filsner,Suddeutsche Zeitung, 12 September

 Die Macht der Tausend Augen, Brita Sachs, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 20 September

 Making an Exhibition of Yourself, Richard Ingleby, Independent on Sunday, 10 August

 Diverse Perceptions of Interior Space, Jeremy Melvin, Architects Journal, August

 Within These Walls, Kettle's Yard, John Tozer, Art Monthly, September

 Condiments of the Season, Laura Cumming, The Observer, 10 August

 Within These Walls, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, 24pp Catalogue


Made In London, Simmons and Simmons, 64pp Catalogue

 Paul Winstanley, Martin Coomer, Time Out, no 1326

 Corporate Art Goes Avant-Garde, Lynne McRichie, Financial Times, 22 June

 The Many Faces of London, Simon Morrisey, Building Design, 5 April


Art In Review, Cotter, New York Times, 5 May

 Crossroads,, Herbert Read Gallery, Gallery, Canterbury, 24pp, Catalogue


On Painting, Part 2, Peter Kinley and Paul Winstanley, Mark Durden Frieze, October

 Landescapes, Ex Lanificio Bona, 56pp, Catalgue

 Peter Kinley and Paul Winstanley, Simon Morley, Art Monthly, June

 The Contemporary Capital, Geraldine Norman, The Independent on Sunday, 6 March

 Waiting Tables, David Lillington, Time Out, March 2-9

 On Painting, James Hockey Gallery, Essay by Andrew Wilson, 18pp, Catalogue


Plainly a New Fancy, William Feaver, The Observer, 18 April

 John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 18, Walker Art Gallery, Catalogue

 Camden Arts Centre, Sarah Kent, Time Out, April 14-21

 Strictly Painting, David Lillington, Time Out, Feb 10-17

 What Goes Around Comes Around, Yet Again, William Feaver, The Observer, 18 April

 Paul Winstanley, Adrian Searl, Time Out, Feb 3-10


Paul Winstanley, Paintings 1991-92, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, Essay by Brandon Taylor, 48pp, Catalogue

 John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 16, Walker Art gallery, Liverpool, Catalogue


Aspects of Drawing, Christopher Bucklow, Artscribe, no31



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British Museum, London

Burger Collection, Hong Kong

European Parliament

Calvin College, Grand Rapids

Central Krankenversicherung, Cologne

Churchill College, Cambridge

Colby Museum of Art, Maine, USA

Fondation Daniel and Florence Guerlin, Paris

Fonds National d'art Contemporain (FNAC), Paris

Government Art Collection, London

Henry Art Gallery, Seattle

HSBC, London

Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Dublin

Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), Los Angeles

Museum of Contemporary Art, Rochechouart

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York

Musee d'art contemporain de la Haute-Vienne

Musee d'art Moderne de Lisbonne, Sintra, Portugal

New York Public Library

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

Red Mansion Foundation, London

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