For its reopening, the Galerie de Fontvieille has chosen to present PAUL CRITCHLEY, a young thirty-year-old English painter who, after Germany and England, is exhibiting in France for the first time.
PAUL CRITCHLEY is an original artist, first and foremost in the unconventional way he chooses the format of his canvases. In fact, he doesn't choose, it's his subject that imposes, that defines the contours of his works, so they have multiple sides, some parallel, others oblique, rounded...
And what are these subjects that upset our geometry and our habits? Journeys. Slow, intimate drifts inside a house. A house such as you have never seen before. PAUL CRITCHLEY's eye sweeps the entire space, and beyond the apparent, he sees in front, behind, above, below, inside, he sees daylight peeking through a window pane while night falls in a doorway... And his staircases redesign the space, reinventing its poetry.
The classical, rigorous style, the perfect mastery of perspective and the interplay of light and shadow allow the artist to offer us interior landscapes in three dimensions, four in fact, since time is omnipresent in Paul Crichley's work, as is humour and distancing, through infinite details, subtle shifts and nuances.
PAUL CRITCHLEY is a happy cross between MAGRITTE and HOPPER, who has seen all the films of HITCHCOCK.
Journal de Fontvieille
Discovery of Originality
La Galerie de Fontvieille presents Paul Critchley primarily because these works are so unconventional in format. Moreover the format is not the arbitrary choice of the painter himself, it is his subject which dictates the shapes, giving them a definite form of many sides, with parallel, oblique or rounded edges.
What are the subjects of these paintings which upset our geometry and our conventions? - Explorations - slow, intimate journeys around the interior of a house, a house such as you have not seen before. Paul Critchley's eye sweeps the entire space and goes beyond the obvious, he sees the day rising through the window pane whilst the night falls in the half opened doorway ... And his staircases recreate space and re-invent its poetry.
The classic technique, rigorous in itself, the perfect mastery of perspective, the play of light and shade, enable the artist to give us interior landscapes in three dimensions or even four, since time is omnipresent in Paul Critchley's work, as is humour and a sense of remoteness, subtle shifts of emphasis and shades of meaning expressed through the exquisite detailing. Whilst indicating a familiarity with the films of Hitchcock these works reflect a happy and successful blend of Magritte and Hopper.