Drawing inspiration from the marginal to the universal Paul Kindersley has a kaleidoscopic field of vision. His videos, performances, selfies, drawings and films project the image of an artist who is tirelessly searching to satisfy his curiosity about the world he finds himself in. Showing his work liberally on social media and YouTube alongside classic gallery and museum presentations constitutes the essence of how Kindersley sees himself in relation to his audience. Between amateur and expert he attempts to create an experience for the viewer that wants to engage and compel. The constant reinvention expressed through his constructed scenarios and disguises continues the tradition of the artist as provocateur.
Whilst generously incorporating the audience into his style advice or make up tutorials ('Extreme Dream (Makeover)' at Nottingham Contemporary 2014) Kindersley feeds into the realm of multiple realities of our time. Blurring lines and distorting hierarchies his perception gives way to sincere, playful and sharp commentary and narration. Hard to pin point Kindersley leaves his spectators guessing using the element of surprise to draw them in.
"Kindersley comically accentuates the nudity of the classical bodies, divesting them of their proverbial dignity and grace; ... private parts stand for the heroic whole." James Cahill, 2016.
"Using paint, make-up and costumes Kindersley’s work is a kind of free-access public sketchbook ... his work is an irreverent queering of British modernist tradition" The Guardian, 2017.
Paul Kindersley was born Cambridge in 1985. He graduated in 2009 from Chelsea College of Art & Design, University of the Arts, London with a First in Fine Art (BA (Hons). Selected Solo Exhibitions include: #TheBritishAreCumming, Kunstschlager, Reykjavik (2014). #ExtremeDream Makeover, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham (2014). She wanted his soul, but he could only give her his blood, Transition Gallery, London (2009). Recent Group Exhibitions include: New Material, living in a material world, A.P.T. Gallery, London (2017). Lotusland Estates, Art Language Location at Elan, Cambridge. Recasting, Museum of Classical Archaeology, Cambridge. Costermongering, Belmacz, London. Ill Meat, La Fonderie, Geneva. Coming Into Being, Stockholms Universitet, Stockholm. Mind Out, A.P.T. Gallery, London. Chateau Double Wide, part of Glasgow International, Glasgow. What art you laughing at?, Guest Project Space, London. The Conformist (also curator), Belmacz, London. Praise Of Laziness, Trade Gallery, Nottingham. TAINT, GRAD: Gallery for Russian Arts and Design, London. Performing Vogue, 68sqm, Copenhagen. Anschlüssel Berlin/London, Fruehsorge Contemporary Drawings, Berlin. Artist Residencies include: Unilever, London (2015). Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Ballinskelligs, County Kerry & The Beach Lookout, Aldeburgh, Suffolk (2014).
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found concrete, bone & household paint
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Installation shot from 'Classical Beauty', series of drawings on show at The Museum of Classical Archeology, Cambridge
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acrylic paint on artists underwear