Norwich Gallery is very pleased to announce a show of new works by painter Paul Housley. Housley first worked with Norwich Gallery after Peter Doig and Roy Arden selected his paintings for EASTinternational 1999. Housley was born in Greater Manchester and studied in Sheffield before being taught under Doig at the Royal College of Art. Paul Housley is one of the leading new figurative painters in this country, showing throughout the UK and
Europe and is represented by Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London.

The oil paintings and watercolours in Heavy Easel, all made within the last eight weeks, are characteristic of Housley: small in scale and often taking their subject matter from Housley’s collection of toys and figurines purchased from charity shops. Housley paints blank, quiet objects, requiring him to make the painting itself an interesting thing. Speaking of his painting technique Housley says:

You dive in. That is what it feels like. You try to make it all work at once, in one spontaneous moment, like it dropped out of the sky. It should look easy.

Housley will be in Norwich during the second week of his exhibition to lead an oil painting and watercolour course based at OUTPOST gallery. He will be working with students and ex-students of Norwich School of Art and Design, from the BA Fine Art and Illustration courses.

In addition to the exhibition Paul Housley has selected two films to be screened during the exhibition at Norwich Gallery.

Thursday 19 January 5.30
Rembrandt 1936 84 min
dir Alexander Korda.

Thursday 26 January 5.30
24hr Party People 2001 117min
dir Michael Winterbottom.

Paul Housley The Boy is Made of Plastic
Art Editions North 2005
64pp full colour ISBN 1-873757-80-8
£10 p+p £2 cheques made payable to
Norwich School of Art and Design

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