Paul Critchley left Coventry Polytechnic in 1982. He was awarded the Stowells Trophy and Spencers Industrial Arts Travelship in the same year and the Granada Foundation Award and Citibank Prize in 1984 when he also became a member of the Manchester Academy. He has taken part in many group exhibitions in England, Germany, France and Holland; and has had three one man exhibitions in Germany.
This is his first in London.
These unconventional and imaginative paintings are about journeys through interiors. Some from front door to attic window, others around the room from several viewpoints. Realistic observations, subjective experience and at times recollections are all combined. Dramatic use of light and shade is reminiscent of the Dutch old masters.
The passage of time is expressed through small tricks, the same object appears in two different places within one painting with a daylight view through one window and a night scene through another.
The contrived perspectives, together with the irregular shaped canvases give an illusion of three dimensions. The strength of this spatial effect is illustrated by the few conventionally framed watercolours in the exhibition.