59 Paintings

In which the artist considers the process of thinking about and making work



ISBN: 9781908970336 Category:

Paul Winstanley


An exquisite and singular book that presents an award-winning international artist’s personal view about how paintings are conceived, made and interpreted.

With a career stretching four decades, award-winning British artist Paul Winstanley has established an international reputation for his highly atmospheric photorealistic paintings of empty non-descript places and anonymous figures. According to the chief art critic of the Los Angeles Times, his carefully balanced minimalist compositions conjure ‘a lovely, contemplative expressiveness’, while Time Out New York wrote that ‘with considered – and considerable – nuance and deftness, [he] makes a case for the continuing relevance of painting and its capacity for translating seeing into feeling’. Now Winstanley turns to the medium of writing to translate his experience of painting into words. Taking fifty-nine of his own works as a starting-point, he presents a series of episodes that together reveal what it means to conceive, make and think about paintings as an artist. Among the varied subjects that he considers are how a painter seeks out and finds inspiration in life and the world; the relationship between observed and depicted realities; what constitutes ‘truth’ in a painting; how to approach conceptual and technical challenges; the role of the viewer in the transaction at the heart of painting; and the belief systems that lie behind the business of creating and looking at paintings. The result is an exquisite personal account of the art and craft of making painted images today.

Additional information

Weight 810 g
Dimensions 18.6 x 23.8 cm
Publisher name Art Books Publishing Ltd
Publication date 1 June 2018
Number of pages 160
Format Hardback
Dimensions 18.6 x 23.8 cm
Weight 810 g


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Paul Winstanley was born in Manchester in June 1954. He studied painting at Cardiff College of Art from 1973 to 1976 and at the Slade School of Art in London from 1976 to 1978. He won the first prize of the Unilever Award at the Whitechapel Open in 1989, and was Kettle's Yard artist in residence at the University of Cambridge in 1991-2. He had a major retrospective of his work at Art Space, Auckland, New Zealand in 2008, and in 2013 his photographic project Art School was published by Ridinghouse. Winstanley has shown regularly in Europe and the United States, and his works are included in collections all over the world, including Tate Modern, MoMA New York and the Irish Museum of Modern Art.