Approved: 16.08.2006

Paul Critchley

Artist

Approved: 16.08.2006

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'. 

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

Biography

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. 

CV & Education

ART Education

1978 - 79 St. Helens College of Art & Design (Foundation)

1979 - 82 Coventry Polytechnic (B.A. Hons. Fine Art)

 

'My Post Graduate Qualification' is best summed up under the banner "Survival Skills in the Art World - how to survive as an artist outside Academia", which I have done since 1985.

 

Solo exhibitions

2016

Art Karlsruhe

2015

ART.FAIR Koln

2014

ART.FAIR Köln 

Br1 Centro Culturale, Montesilvano Colle, Italy

2013

SCOPE Basel 

2012

A Sense of Place, Panorama Mesdag Museum, The Hague

2011 

Inside Outside, Galerie TAKINU, Stuttgart

Step Into the Picture: Paul Critchley, Gallery Oldham, Oldham

2008

Opening the door to Paul Critchley's paintings, Wendy J Levy Art Gallery, Manchester

2007

Prudential HQ, Prudential Corporation HQ, London

2005

New Paintings, Galerie Vieleers, Amsterdam

2004

On The Wall Art Fair, London

2003

Doors and Windows, Broadway Windows, NYU, New York

Ahrend Kantoor Inrichten, Rijswijik

Galerie Maas, Rotterdam

Kunstlicht in de Kunst (Museum of Artificial Light in Art), Eindhoven

1998

Galeria Terraferma, Lerida, Spain

1997

Casa de Cultura, Alfaz del Pi, Spain

Galeria D'Art Mar, Barcelona, Spain

Palais des Congrès, Lourdes, France

1996

Galeria Asensi, Castellon, Spain

Galeria Xauen, Granada, Spain

Zahn Art, Grimma, Germany

1995

Object Art Enterprises, Brisbane, Australia

1994

Haus Havemann, Lüneburg, Germany

1993

Galeria Casar, Alicante, Spain

1991

La Galeria, Fontvieille, France

1990

Hall Richards Gallery, London

1989

Galerie Rath, Köln, Germany

1988

Galerie Rath, Köln

1987

Haus Hildener Kunstler, Hilden, Germany

 

Two Man Exhibitions

2011    Drumcroon Gallery, Wigan ; with Patrick Hughes

2006    Dutch-Art.nl, Rotterdam; with Marcel Warmenhoven

2005    McHardy Coombs, London; with Antonio Lopez Reche

2000    Palais des Congrès, Lourdes; with Harold Critchley

1999    Galeria D'Art Mar, Barcelona; with Harold Critchley

1994    Galerias del Este, Valencia; with Artur Duch i Puig

1993    Galerias del Este, Valencia; with Artur Duch i Puig

1985    White Space Gallery, London; with Michael Downs

 

Art Fairs

2016

Art Karlsruhe (Solo show)

2015

SCOPE, Basel

ART.FAIR, Köln (Solo show)

2014    

SCOPE, Basel

2013    

TEFAF, Maastricht

ART.FAIR, Köln (Solo show)

ArtHelsinki

Affordable Art Fair, Stockholm

Art 2013, Utrecht

2012    

Affordable Art Fair, Rome

ArtHelsinki

Affordable Art Fair, Milan

2010    

Primavera 2010, Ahoy Rotterdam

Kunstsalon, Eindhoven

2007    

Art Santa Fe

ArtDC, Washington DC   

Art Miami

Palm Beach Contemporary Art Fair

Los Angeles Art Show

Lineart, Gent, Belgium

2006    

Art London

Holland Art Fair, The Hague

2005

Manege, Moscow

Marb Art, Marbella, Spain

2004    

Art Manege, Moscow

Manchester Art Show

2003    

Art Miami

ArtExpo, New York

A.F.A., Rosmalen, Netherlands

2002    

Art Miami

2001    

Art Miami

KunstRAI, Amsterdam

InterArt 01, Valencia

2000    

S.O.F.A. Chicago

KunstRAI, Amsterdam

Art Manege, Moscow

Holland Art Fair, The Hague   

1999    

KunstRAI, Amsterdam

ArtExpo, Barcelona

InterArt 99, Valencia

Grantique, Rotterdam

1998    

Art Manege, Moscow

ArtExpo, Barcelona

InterArt 98, Valencia

1997    

ArtExpo, Barcelona

InterArt 97, Valencia

1996    

Arte+Sur, Granada

ArtExpo, Barcelona

InterArt 96, Valencia

1995    

Arte+Sur, Granada

Plur Art, Murcia, Spain

InterArt 95, Valencia

1994    

InterArt 94, Valencia

InterArt 94, Toulouse

1985  

International Contemporary Art, London  

 

Group exhibitions

2015

Museo Vittoria Colonna, Pescara

XLII Premio Sulmona

2014

Museo Vittoria Colonna, Pescara

XLI Premio Sulmona

Satura Art Gallery, Genova

2013

Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris

Premio Internazionale Lìmen Arte, Vibo Valentia, Italy

De Twee Pauwen, The Hague

40° Premio Sulmona, rassegna internazionale d'arte contemporanea

2012

L'immaginario e la Forma, MUMI - Museo Michetti, Francavilla al Mare

Pescarart 2012, Museo d'arte contemporanea Vittoria Colonna, Pescara

Vagiti Ultimi, Palazzo dei Duchi D'Aquaviva, Atri

2011

Mixed Exhibition, Wendy J Levy Contemporary Art, Manchester

2010

10th Anniversary Exhibition, Wendy J Levy Contemporary Art Gallery, Manchester

Cork Street Open Charity Exhibition, London 

Entre Reve et Réalité, Galerie Honingen, Gouda

Lisa Sharpe Contemporary Art at One Alfred Place, London

Paul Critchley, Massimo di Febo & Luciana di Nino, Mediamuseum, Pescara, Italy

Meesterlijke Miniaturen, Galerie Honingen, Gouda

Victoria Mills Arts Centre, Congleton, Cheshire 

2009

32nd Small Works, Washington Sq. East Galleries, New York Steinhart University

Alive & Kicking, Galerie Dutch-Art.nl, Rotterdam

Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, London

Manchester Academy Of Fine Arts 150 Years, Portico Library & Art Gallery, Manchester

Mixed Show, Wendy J Levy Contemporary Art, Manchester

Galerie Honingen, Gouda

2008  

Off The Edge, Scott Richards Contemporary Art, San Francisco

Paintings and Sculpture, Wendy J Levy Contemporary Art Gallery, Manchester

Zomersalon, Galerie Lamber, Valkensvaard, The Netherlands

2007

The Discriminating Eye, Ashton Central Art Gallery, Ashton-under-Lyne

Wendy J Levy Contemporary Art, Manchester

2006

Britishness (Curated by Another Product), Cornerhouse Gallery, Manchester

Paintings by Paul Critchley & Sculptures, Galerie Lamber, Valkenswaard

Het Fenomeen Panorama, Museum Panorama Mesdag, The Hague

Selective Eye, Cooper Gallery, Barnsley

Sintesi, Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona (CCCB), Barcelona, Spain

2005

Art Mar, Biennal de la Mediterrania, Drassanes Reials I Museu Maritim de Barcelona 

Het Culturele Seizon, Galerie Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands 

Libertad y Diversidad, Galera Lecrin, Granada, Spain

Paintings & Gardens, The Solomon Gallery, Dublin

Sefton Open Exhibition, Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport

Sintesi, Centre de Cultura Contempornia de Barcelona (CCCB)

Summer Collective, Wendy J Levy Contemporary Art Gallery, Didsbury, Manchester

Zomersalon, Galerie Lamber, Valkenswaard

2004

Fragmenten: "Eigentijds Surrealisme", Dutch-Art.nl, Rotterdam

Independents 04, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool

Net Echt!, Galerie Lambèr, Valkanswaard

Galerie Maas, Rotterdam

Sefton Open, Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport

Selecció d'Obra, annual, Various Municipal Venues, Barcelona

Winter Exhibition, Galerie Honingen, Gouda

2003

Portals Ltd, Chicago

Galerie Maas II, Rotterdam

Fragmenten Architectuur, Dutch-Art.nl, Rotterdam

2002

Michelle Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, 3 person exhibition

Veer Palthe Voûte n.v. Gouda, Netherlands

Travelling Exhibition in The United Arab Emirates : 

        The Sharjah Art Museum

        Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation 

        Al Ghur Air City, Dubai

2001

IR - Art Gallery, Moscow

Artipico, Schiedam, The Netherlands

Portals Ltd, Chicago

2000

Galeria Lecrin, Almuñecar, Spain

Galerie Maas, Rotterdam

MAFA. Portico Library & Art Gallery, Manchester

1999

Galeria Acanthus, Madrid

Ir Art Gallery, Moscow

Galerie Maas, Rotterdam

Galerie, Becerril de la Sierra, Madrid

1998

Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris (annually until 2005)

Stadt Galerie Unterm Turm, Stuttgart, Germany

Galerie Maas, Rotterdam

Centre Cívic Pati Llimona, Barcelona

1997

The Solomon Gallery, Dublin (annually 1997-2002)

XIV Nacional de Pintura "Villa de Teulada",  Spain

Galerie Municipale Chatálet, Chalon sur Saône 

1996

Niagara Art and More, Dusseldorf

Lecrin Arte, Almuñecar, Spain

Galerie Célia B. Guedj, Lyon

Galeria D'Art Mar, Barcelona (annually until 1998)

63º Salon d'Otoño, Madrid :  Asociación Española de Pintores y Escultores.

1995

Sammer Gallery, Marbella

Sammer Gallery, Segovia 

XII Nacional de Pintura, "Villa de Teulada"

15º Exposiciõn de Pequeño Formato, Aranjuez

Galerias del Este, Valencia, Spain

62º Salon d'Otoño, Madrid :  Asociación Española de Pintores y Escultores

1994

XI Premio Nacional de Pintura, "Villa de Teulada"

Sammer Gallery, Madrid

Casino Costa Blanca, Villajoyosa, Spain

1993

Premio Nacional de Pintura, Villa de Teulada, Spain

Warehouse Gallery, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

El Mar, Atelier Uno, Javea, Spain

1992

Galeria Arrabal, Callosa d'Ensarria, Spain (annually until 1998)

1991

Leicester Collection for Schools & Colleges

Telemarket, Italy

Concours de Peinture "Ville de Tarascon"

1990

Galerie Rath, Cologne

Kunst Kabinett, Baden Baden, Germany

1989

Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool

Marijke Raaijmakers, Grubbenvorst, Netherlands

Gallery Suzanne Biederberg, Amsterdam

Galerie P.A.O. Cologne

1987

Alwin Gallery, London

1986

Aqualeria Galerie, Eygaliére, France

4th International Salon des Arts, Bedarieux

1985

Colin Jellicoe Gallery, Manchester

1984

Leicester Collection for Schools & Colleges

Colin Jellicoe Gallery, Manchester

Open Drawing '84, White Space Gallery, London

1983

Leicester Collection for Schools & Colleges

1982

MAFA Annual Open, Various Municipal Galleries, Greater Manchester (annually until 2011)

Stowells Trophy, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, London

Open 82, Herbert Museum & Art Gallery, Coventry

1981

Stowells Trophy, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, London

1980

ICA New Contemporaries, The Mall Galleries, London

1979

Northern Young Contemporaries, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

 

Private commissions

2012- Pixie's Garden, Private House, Basel

2006 - The Music Room, Private House, The Hague

 

Corporate commissions

2009 - 10 paintings commissioned for the P&0 cruise liner 'Azura',

2006 - 24 paintings commissioned for the cruise liner P&O 'Ventura'

2005 - 5 paintings commissioned for the cruise liner 'The Enchantment of the Seas', Royal Caribbean International

 

Competitions, prizes and awards

2013

Premio Internazionale Lìmen Arte, Foreign Artist Prize

2005

The People’s Prize (MAFA) Gallery Oldham

2003

XXV Concurs de Pintura, Malgrat de Mar, Spain

IX Premi Pintura Daniel Bas, Rubí, Spain

1998

The People’s Prize (MAFA) Bury Art Gallery

1997

XIV Premio Nacional de Pintura - Villa de Teulada (2nd Prize) Spain

1993

X Premio Nacional de Pintura - Villa de Teulada (2nd Prize) Spain 

1985

Marks & Spencer's Prize, Manchester City Art Gallery, Manchester

1984

Manchester Academy Prize

Citibank Prize

Granada Foundation Award, Manchester City Art Gallery, Manchester

1982

Stowell's Trophy, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, London 

 

Other

2014 - 100% Optical Trade Fair, London

2011 - Symposium Alanica, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania

2007 - Symposium Alanica, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania 

2005 - Artists & Illustrators Exhibition, Business Design Centre, London

 

Collections

Collection Berrak & Nazih Barut, Istanbul

Barry Friedman Ltd, New York

Ministry of Culture, Vladikavkaz, RNO-Alania, Russia

Museum Tugenov, Vladikavkaz

Smith & Williamson, London

Old Mutual, London

Tempest-Radford Ltd., London

Baker & McKenzie, Amsterdam

PGGM, Zeist, Netherlands

Veldhuizen Beens v/d Castel, Amersfoort, Netherlands 

Océ - Canon, Venlo, Netherlands

Océ - Canon, Brussels

WS Vlietland, Netherlands

Govers Nustelling Notarissen, Capelle a/d Ijssel, NL

K.U.S. Rotterdam

Middelhart B.V. Maasluis, Netherlands

Nieuw Amsterdam Management B.V. The Hague

Vereenigde Patent Attorneys, The Hague

Artipico, Schiedam, Netherlands

Vibo Valentia Chamber of Commerce, Italy

Municipal collection, l’Alfàs del Pi, Spain

Municipal collection, Teulada, Spain

Municipal collection, Rubí, Spain

Municipal collection, Tarascon, France

Municipal collection, Hilden, Germany

Leicester Education Authority

 

Publications

2012 

Monograph A Sense of Place. Exhibition Catalogue for Panorama Mesdag Museum, introduction by the director Marijnke de Jong.

ISBN 978-90-5594-280-0

2011

Respective Perspectives. Catalogue of exhibition with Patrick Hughes in Drumcroon Gallery.

ISBN 978-09-5245-371-0

2006

Monograph Paintings, with introductions by : Patrick Hughes, artist, Marjan Ruiter, director of ‘Kunstlicht in de Kunst Museum’ Eindhoven & Prof. José Carlos Suárez, art critic 

ISBN 0-9524537-0-3

1996 

Monograph Paul Critchley published by SAMMER 

ISBN 84-922010-0-2

 

ebooks

Monograph A Sense of Place. Exhibition Catalogue for Panorama Mesdag Museum

http://issuu.com/anotherartgalleryltd/docs/paul_critchley_-_a_sense_of_place___4fc62051e98fa9

Respective Perspectives. Catalogue of exhibition with Patrick Hughes in Drumcroon Gallery.

http://issuu.com/anotherartgalleryltd/docs/respective_perspectives

 

Bibliography  www.paulcritchley.com/paulcritchley/uk/cv_reviews/cv_news_text.htm