Paul Housley’s canvases have a lot to say about painting. His expressive creations suggest a strength of feeling that recalls the days when artists were mythologised as heroes. Yet while his imagery often conjures the ghosts of painting’s past – Picasso here, Rembrandt there – the works low-key subject matter and humble scale undercuts the grandiosity. Plastic toys, cuddly animals and, more recently, his own clay models are among the subjects he transforms. An interesting interview with Nigel Cooke can be found here and a selection of the artist’s work can be found on his website here.
Posted by Conor Brennan