Paul Winstanley “Art School” at Vera Munro, Hamburg / MOUSSE CONTEMPORARY ART MAGAZINE

Paul Winstanley “Art School” at Vera Munro, Hamburg

by mousse

October 2~2013

Galerie Vera Munro is pleased to announce the exhibition Art School extended until 31st October 2013. The Galerie presents an exhibition of new works by Paul Winstanley from 17 May until 31 October 2013. Art School brings together a new series of paintings and watercolours that document nearly all the fine art studio spaces of Art Schools in England, Scotland and Wales.

Over two summers Winstanley meticulously documented the empty spaces, omitting not one art school, in a thorough and complete study. From Aberdeen in the north to Falmouth in the south and from Aberystwyth in the west to Norwich in the east. The spaces captured have previously been overlooked and undocumented, the resulting images present minimal spaces of creative potential.

The flow of images that comprise this archive distil into an ideal of art school; of what it is and how it appears to be. The images have a consistent format of vertical orientation, shallow field of focus, flat composition and exact recording of the subject as found.

From this archive a series of paintings has been developed. The paintings closely subscribe to this minimal experience of place that is both documentary and sublime. They describe place and yet become, themselves, objects of space defined as much by the transience of light on surfaces as place articulated. Painted on panel, they physically reflect the hard surfaces of walls and screens within the imagery and re live the memory of place as both illusion and object. The visual language approaches abstraction and yet these paintings never lose sight of their social and political content.


at Galerie Vera Munro, Hamburg

until 31 December 2013


Above – Art School 8, 2013


Art School 3, 2012

Art School 4, 2012

Art School 13, 2013

Art School 2, 2012

Paul Winstanley, “Art School” installation view at Vera Munro, Hamburg.

Courtesy: Galerie Vera Munro