Photo: Paul Critchley in Rainford, Merseyside & Abruzzo, Italy, UK Wide

Paul Critchley


Concepts :
Perspective, its use and abuse, is at the core of my paintings, as can be seen from my paintings of interiors, such as 'Rauric 12', and in exteriors, both urban landscapes such as 'La Casa Blanca' and landscapes such as 'Early Summer'. 

The definition of realism takes on a new meaning when the paintings are shaped in perspective because a 'realistic' painting in a square or rectangle relies on the acceptance by the viewer that they are looking at an illusion presented to them in an arbitrarily imposed shape. But when a painting is shaped to look like the object represented when seen in perspective, such as a painting of a door - which actually opens and closes like a real door - then the illusion of reality is intensified. Perhaps it would be more accurate to describe this increased realism as 'supra-realism'. 

Time in a painting is a recurring theme; day and night might appear in the same picture or when a door / window is opened the same scene is revealed at a different time as in the painting 'Early Summer'. 

Influences :
Living abroad, local cultures, traditions and ... vino! 

Career path :
When I left college in 1982 I taught A Level art part time and quickly realised that I knew nothing - or no more than any other 22 year old. It was obvious that in order to teach someone something I had to get out of the academic circle and to live and paint in the outside world. I decided, therefore, that for my 'Post Graduate Qualification' the best thing would be to emigrate, and so in 1985 I went to live in West Berlin, when the wall was still very much in evidence. Since then I have travelled extensively throughout Europe, initially supplementing my income from painting with whatever part time work came along, but since 1991 I have been living solely from my painting. I regard the 800+ paintings executed in the past 30+ years as my post grad. qualification. During the term of my 'Post Graduate Course' I have been 'In Residence' in West Berlin, France (various locations), The Netherlands (various locations), Padova, Sienna, Altea, Moscow, Philadelphia, Miami Beach and New York. Latterly I was 'In Residence' in Barcelona and I am now in a "residency" in central Italy. 

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Location Rainford, Merseyside & Abruzzo, Italy, UK Wide
Activities Residencies, Public art, Private commissions
Artforms / type of project Installation, Mixed Media, Painting, Public Art, Unclassified
Tags Shaped paintings, Narrative paintings, Realism, Perspective, Interiors, Trompe l'oeil, Landscape, Large paintings, Oil painting, Triptych

News & Events

  • Nel Segno e Nei Colori - Signs and Colours

    11/10/2014 – 25/10/2014
    Museo di arte contemporanea Vittoria Colonna

    Group Exhibition of visual arts at Museo di arte contemporanea 'Vittoria Colonna' 65122 Pescara, Italy Tel. 0854283759 Open Daily : 10 am - 1.00 pm; 5.00 pm - 11.00 Inauguration 5 pm, 11 Oct.

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  • Art.Fair Cologne - Installation of 'A Sense of Place' by Paul Critchley; solo show

    23/10/2014 – 27/10/2014
    Koelnmesse, Halls 1 & 2, Stand E02 with anOTHER art gallery

    A sense of place means a physical place and also a sense of belonging. This installation, of life size paintings of the contents of a home, depict the feelings that come with the light & space in it.

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  • XXXXI Premio Sulmona - Rassegna internazionale di arte contemporanea

    06/09/2014 – 04/10/2014
    Il Chiostro dell'ex Convento di Santa Chiara, Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi, 67039 Sulmona (AQ) Italy

    This is the second consecutive year that a painting of mine has been selected for this Juried international exhibition of painting and sculpture. The painting was selected by Critic Giorgio di Genova.

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