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Whose whose: Georgina Gratrix & Paul Housley

By M Blackman on 12 August

The Pink Lady & Totally Wired and Cranked Up Really High

Georgina Gratrix & Paul Housley
The Pink Lady & Totally Wired and Cranked Up Really High, .

To my mind Georgina Gratrix and Paul Housley are two of the best and most entertaining painters working today. Their work contains some stark similarities with their multi-ocular figures - which seem to intimate at a visually obsessed society - and their ability to convey their interests via the use of humour and absurdity.  

However their artistic divergence is as great as their similarities. Their colour palate, application and brush stroke are distinctly their own. What is more their subject matters, although superficially similar, are informed by markedly different social and historical contexts.

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Peggy Lou Party Face

Georgina Gratrix
Peggy Lou Party Face 2012, Oil on board, 100 x 120 cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

England Sleeps in Shakespeare's Cheek

Paul Housley
England Sleeps in Shakespeare's Cheek 2012, Oil on Canvas, 60 x 51 cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Its’s Ok

Georgina Gratrix
Its’s Ok 2012, Oil on Canvas, 60 x 50 cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Difficult Chords

Paul Housley
Difficult Chords 2012, Oil on Canvas, 50.8 cm x 40.6 cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portrait of a Painter

Georgina Gratrix
Portrait of a Painter 2011, Oil on Canvas, 120 x 100 cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portrait of the Artist with Seven Eyes and Two Noses

Paul Housley
Portrait of the Artist with Seven Eyes and Two Noses 2013, Oil on canvas, 46 × 40 cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Housely was born in 1964 in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, and received an M.A. in painting from the Royal College of Art, London.  He lives and works in London.

Georgina Gratrix was born in Mexico in 1982 and studied her undergraduate at the Michaelis School of Fine Art.