Paul Painting is a visual artist living and working in Cape Town. Aptly, Paul's surname is in fact 'Painting'.
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
Paul's themes encompass elements ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous. His moody and enigmatic narratives are offset by their wry sense of humour.
SELECTED SOLO AND GROUP SHOWS
Rust en Vrede 2019 Birdlife
Footprint Biennale 2016
Eclectica Modern 2016
Self Portraits -Rust-en-Vrede 2011
Phantasmagoria-Salon 91 2011
Work- KZNSA 2011
phan-tas-ma-goria- KKNK 2011
Stellenbosch Woordfees-2011 (group)
Coppertone-Salon 91 2010 (group)
Print-These Four Walls 2010 (group)
Summershow-iArt 2009 (group)
Recent Work-AVA 2008