Paul Winstanley (1954)

Known for his paintings based on photographs of uninhabited interiors and landscapes, British painter Paul Winstanley has been doing basically the same thing for a long time.

Winstanley works with a range of subtle effects taken from photographic technologies. Particularly notable are the digital-like shifts in saturation, where it sometimes feels as though the brightness has been turned up on the world.

The unpeopled photographs have an overall atmosphere of suspense - from images of lobbies, viewing platforms and offices, to forests and mountain. This sense of the general is borne out in the recent, smaller landscape studies, whose contrast with the interiors is of special interest. Operating more like snapshots, these images are in fact mostly sourced from Winstanley's trips to Finland and China, offering transitory glimpses of the outdoors.

1954 Born in Manchester
Lanchester Polytechnic, Coventry
Cardiff College of Art, BA (hons) 1st Class
Slade School of Fine Art, Higher Degree in Fine Art
Churchill College Cambridge / Kettle's Yard Artist in Residence


Arts Council of Great Britain
British Council
Churchill College, Cambidge University, Cambridge
Fondation Daniel and Florence Guerlain, France
Fonds National d'art Contemporain (FNAC), Paris
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), Los Angeles
Musee d'art Contemporain, Sintra, Portugal
New York City Public Library, New York

The artist lives and works in London