A Gentleman Abroad
February 21 to March 20, 2013
Paul Housley has a singular ability to represent his subjects in a style that is both direct and obtuse. Though many of Housley’s paintings reference the old masters, their small scale is anti-grandiose, fitting equally alongside his paintings of commonplace objects. The weight of his subject matter, whether iconic portrait or every-day knick-knack, is disarmed by the equal treatment given; the subjects become secondary to the paintings themselves.
Alongside paintings presented in the exhibition, Housley will show a selection of his sculptural works. As the artist commonly references objects rather than photographs when composing his paintings, these additional works create a complimentary dialogue and augment an understanding of the artist’s practice.
Paul Housley received his M.A. in painting from the Royal College of Art in London in 1995. He has recently exhibited at the Peter Bergman Gallery (Stockholm), White Columns (New York), Andrea Rosen Gallery (New York), and Poppy Sebire Gallery (London). Housley’s work has been printed in numerous publications including Artforum, Modern Painters, The Independent, and ArtSlant.