Paul McKinley

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(b.1973) in Birmingham, England. Lives and works in Dublin, Ireland.

“McKinley’s often large-scale views of seemingly idyllic natural settings are skilfully rendered in dazzling, intricate detail – we see, through an apparently impressionistic haze, lakes and forest glades, meadows and streams – yet only the titles and the smallest of scattered visual clues alert us to the actual urban context of these ostensibly bucolic vistas: this is ‘nature’ in its constructed, manicured, overtly cultural form. As such, therefore, McKinley’s ongoing effort to study these places (each seductive painting is the result of several months of technically testing labour, each drawing is a lesson in prolonged, patient attention to particulars) does not seem to be sustained by a Romantically-sourced passion for the ‘truth and beauty’ of the natural world. Despite the apparently resolved and reassuring appearance of these obviously picturesque scenes (crucially, they are almost too conventional), McKinley’s aim has been to develop what he is termed a ‘forensic’ mode of viewing: the work is in part, therefore, a reserved, distanced form of methodical painterly inquiry, an investigation into both the ordering and the observation of space.”

– Declan Long, After Nature, an extract from Paul McKinley, Farewell Chestnut Avenue, (2007)


Featured at VOLTA10 Basel, 16 June- 22 June 2014

Link to previous shows;

Solo Exhibition, Hanuman, 19.11-19.12, 2015

Group Exhibition – Instant Crush, July 4 – August 2 2014

Group Show – Preview 2012, 20 December 2011 – 6 January 2012

Canada, 6 – 29 January 2011

Group Show, Room Outside, 28 July – 13 August 2011

Operation Turquoise, 21 March – 20 April 2013