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Paul Winstanley’s paintings are meticulous, meditative renderings of vacated spaces such as waiting rooms, deserted passages and lobbies. Sometimes looking out from these interior spaces onto the landscape, Winstanley frames the natural world with the clean lines of 1970s utopian architecture. His spaces are those which are most often the last place you want to be: like doctors’ waiting rooms, or official spaces where people count minutes and wait their turn. Time is slowed down here and the smallest of details occupies the eye as it scrutinizes every crack and crevice. The time spent waiting is echoed in the time Winstanley has taken to paint in such refined and polished detail.

In this painting a common-or-garden white net curtain is elevated to the poetic status of a veil. Somehow the image is not benign and innocent; instead, as with many of Winstanley’s images, it is melancholic and unsettling. We are excluded by the veil, the space beyond it is hidden from us, and likewise we are concealed from that outer world.

MediumOil on linen
Dimensions200 x 185 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2002
Item NumberIMMA.1523
Not on view
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Paul Winstanley, Veil 11, 2002, Oil on linen, 200 x 185 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2002

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About the Artist

Paul Winstanley b.1954

English painter Paul Winstanley (born 1954) attended Cardiff College of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art. His work focuses on the detailed recording of vacated spaces such as waiting rooms, passages and lobbies. In these melancholic interiors the traditional values of still life and landscape are allied with contemporary photography and the clean lines of 1970s utopian architecture. Winstanley has exhibited widely since the late 1970s. The first major retrospective of his work was held at the Auckland Art Space in New Zealand in 2008. His ‘Self as Selves’ was held at IMMA in 2009. — View Artist »