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Paul Winstanley

British, b. 1954

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Paul Winstanley

British, b. 1954

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The subjects of Paul Winstanley’s paintings are what he calls “semi-public spaces”—the likes of waiting rooms, lobbies, hospitals, and airports. “Often aspiring to look like private spaces [these spaces] never quite make it, so they have something of an ill-defined quality about them,” he explains. Each of these types of spaces has been the subject of an extensive series; among his most famous are the “Veil” paintings, an ongoing collection Winstanley begun in 1999 depicting curtained windows. Winstanley bases his compositions on photographs of uninhabited interiors and landscapes in a process he likens to Johannes Vermeer’s use of the camera obscura as a painting aid; his realist style has a distinctive out-of-focus quality. The artist cites Northen European painters Vermeer, Casper David Friedrich, and Vilhelm Hammershoi as strong influences.

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Biography

The subjects of Paul Winstanley’s paintings are what he calls “semi-public spaces”—the likes of waiting rooms, lobbies, hospitals, and airports. “Often aspiring to look like private spaces [these spaces] never quite make it, so they have something of an ill-defined quality about them,” he explains. Each of these types of spaces has been the subject of an extensive series; among his most famous are the “Veil” paintings, an ongoing collection Winstanley begun in 1999 depicting curtained windows. Winstanley bases his compositions on photographs of uninhabited interiors and landscapes in a process he likens to Johannes Vermeer’s use of the camera obscura as a painting aid; his realist style has a distinctive out-of-focus quality. The artist cites Northen European painters Vermeer, Casper David Friedrich, and Vilhelm Hammershoi as strong influences.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Tate Britain
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more