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"Image making has always held a potent and obsessive allure for me, as far back as I can remember I have attempted to map out my understanding of the world and my experiences therein with whatever materials I could lay my hands upon. In a sense it has always dealt with a certain type of assimilation and internalization, an attempt to possess images that have moved, seduced, intrigued and even frightened me.

Thematically my work has invariably returned to an intensely personal series of responses: central themes include the nature of duality, the complexities of guilt, memory and desire and the allure of the macabre, the mysterious and the forbidden. The persistence of these themes is allied to a preoccupation with the fringe, with alienation and feelings of dislocation and uncertainty, the paradoxical lure and repulsion of assimilation and integration. At its rawest my work probably stems from these agitated psychological states, and the outsider figure crops up persistently, often in the shape of misfits, criminals and anthropomorphized beings.

My imagery is drawn largely from stocks of my own photographs, cinema and open source referenceS such as the internet and old encyclopedias. My current work reflects to some degree an attempt at an exhaustive overhauling of banks of imagery that I have obsessively hoarded over the years, ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous. An attraction toward the grotesque and enigmatic qualifies the work and reflects a series of personalized and equivocal responses to the ghosts of memory and desire (in all their ambiguities), notions of individuality and alienation, and a penchant for the offbeat and grotesque. Their dark and often moody narratives are offset by a sense of wry and knowing dark humor, wherein anthropomorphic taxidermied apes square off against burlesque wrestlers, vicious criminals rub shoulders with ersatz dinosaurs: a phantasmagoria of ill starred misfits." - Paul Painting


Beyond Skin - Theartbusiness, Piketberg
Portraits - Rust-en-Vrede

Self Portraits - Rust-en-Vrede
Phantasmagoria - Salon 91
Work - KZNSA
phan-tas-ma-goria - KKNK
Solo - Rust-en-Vrede
Stellenbosch Woordfees (group)

Inprint - travelling (group)
Coppertone - Salon 91 (group)
Print - These Four Walls (group)

Summershow - iArt (group)

Recent Work - AVA

Paul Painting

Title: Pangolin 5/25
Size: 29 x 29 cm
Media: Etching
Price: R 2 960 Unframed

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