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Kerlin Gallery is pleased to present Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, an exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by Paul Winstanley. 

In this exhibition, Winstanley reimagines lost paintings and drawings by the Dutch Golden Age artist Pieter Saenredam (1597–1665). Best-known for his depictions of whitewashed church interiors, Saenredam captured the restrained character of Dutch Reformation architecture and popularised a new style of realism in the 17th Century. His reverence for serene, deserted interiors, precise use of perspective and muted tones find an echo in Winstanley’s work, which has depicted similarly ascetic spaces in the past: British art schools during summer break, vacant walkways, veiled windows and empty TV lounges.

Winstanley began this body of work with Lost (After Saenredam), which recreates a missing Saenredam painting of Utrecht’s Mariakerk (1647) from a surviving, and technically accurate, preparatory sketch (1642). In a second work, Faith (After Saenredam), the artist shifts the viewpoint slightly to include a window and golden tapestry known to have existed in the church, rendering the tapestry in gold leaf. Made to the same dimensions, and using the same source material, the differences between these two paintings underscore the ambiguities implicit in reimagining such works.

This examination of pictures and picturing, of authorship and technical means, continues throughout the exhibition. Apostasy (Drift) and Apostasy (Enrapture) depict viewers, en masse, moving and stationary before semi-anonymous religious icon paintings in London’s National Gallery. In another work, a couple share a moment, gazing at a Vermeer painting. These paintings within paintings, also rendered with gold leaf, glow with an otherworldly light amongst the prosaic reality of the depicted museums. Each meditates on the act of looking: at the ‘fictional’ and the ‘real’; the ‘original’ and the ‘quoted’. Despite this layering and dismantling of authorship, Winstanley’s intention and expression is fully evident in this body of work.

Winstanley has exhibited widely since the late 1970s. Solo exhibitions include Tate Britain, London; Camden Arts Centre, London; Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge and Auckland Art Space, New Zealand. His work is represented in numerous public and private collections worldwide, including the TATE; the British Council; IMMA, Dublin; the European Parliament; New York Public Library; MoMA, New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Selected Works

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Paul Winstanley Lost (After Saenredam), 2016

Paul Winstanley
Lost (After Saenredam), 2016
oil on gesso on panel
72 x 66 cm / 28.3 x 26 in   

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Paul Winstanley Faith (After Saenredam), 2016

Paul Winstanley
Faith (After Saenredam), 2016
oil and gold leaf on gesso on panel
72 x 66 cm / 28.3 x 26 in

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Paul Winstanley Trial (After Saenredam), 2017

Paul Winstanley
Trial (After Saenredam), 2017
oil and gold leaf on gesso panel
66 x 78 cm / 26 x 30.7 in  

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Paul Winstanley Drawing for Trial (After Saenredam), 2016

Paul Winstanley
Drawing for Trial (After Saenredam), 2016
pencil on paper
100 x 120 cm / 39.4 x 47.2 in 

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Paul Winstanley Apostasy (Drift), 2017

Paul Winstanley
Apostasy (Drift), 2017
oil and gold leaf on gesso panel
96 x 112 cm / 37.8 x 44.1 in   

 

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Paul Winstanley Apostasy (Enrapture), 2017

Paul Winstanley
Apostasy (Enrapture), 2017
oil and gold leaf on gesso panel
96 x 112 cm / 37.8 x 44.1 in 

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Paul Winstanley Looking at Vermeer, 2017

Paul Winstanley
Looking at Vermeer, 2017
oil and gold leaf on gesso on panel
66 x 55 cm / 26 x 21.7 in  

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Paul Winstanley Sunlit Birch (Evening Moon), 2016

Paul Winstanley
Sunlit Birch (Evening Moon), 2016
oil on gesso on panel
58 x 35.8 cm / 22.8 x 14.1 in   

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Paul Winstanley Drawing for Faith (After Saenredam), 2016

Paul Winstanley
Drawing for Faith (After Saenredam), 2016
pencil on paper
100 x 100 cm / 39.4 x 39.4 in  

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Paul Winstanley Lost (After Saenredam), 2016

Paul Winstanley
Lost (After Saenredam), 2016
oil on gesso on panel
72 x 66 cm / 28.3 x 26 in   

Paul Winstanley Faith (After Saenredam), 2016

Paul Winstanley
Faith (After Saenredam), 2016
oil and gold leaf on gesso on panel
72 x 66 cm / 28.3 x 26 in

Paul Winstanley Trial (After Saenredam), 2017

Paul Winstanley
Trial (After Saenredam), 2017
oil and gold leaf on gesso panel
66 x 78 cm / 26 x 30.7 in  

Paul Winstanley Drawing for Trial (After Saenredam), 2016

Paul Winstanley
Drawing for Trial (After Saenredam), 2016
pencil on paper
100 x 120 cm / 39.4 x 47.2 in 

Paul Winstanley Apostasy (Drift), 2017

Paul Winstanley
Apostasy (Drift), 2017
oil and gold leaf on gesso panel
96 x 112 cm / 37.8 x 44.1 in   

 

Paul Winstanley Apostasy (Enrapture), 2017

Paul Winstanley
Apostasy (Enrapture), 2017
oil and gold leaf on gesso panel
96 x 112 cm / 37.8 x 44.1 in 

Paul Winstanley Looking at Vermeer, 2017

Paul Winstanley
Looking at Vermeer, 2017
oil and gold leaf on gesso on panel
66 x 55 cm / 26 x 21.7 in  

Paul Winstanley Sunlit Birch (Evening Moon), 2016

Paul Winstanley
Sunlit Birch (Evening Moon), 2016
oil on gesso on panel
58 x 35.8 cm / 22.8 x 14.1 in   

Paul Winstanley Drawing for Faith (After Saenredam), 2016

Paul Winstanley
Drawing for Faith (After Saenredam), 2016
pencil on paper
100 x 100 cm / 39.4 x 39.4 in  

Installation Views

Installation Views Thumbnails
Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017
 

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017

Paul Winstanley, Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings, 20th May - 1st July 2017