The Cat Street Gallery is delighted to welcome back Australian painter Paul Davies for his
third solo show at the gallery, Blow-Up.
Referencing the 1966 film of the same name, Blow-Up is a series of works based on
photographs and memory and, as always with Davies’ paintings, the works are devoid of
human form. Primarily based on abandoned architecture, the voyeuristic nature of the work
creates a tension between the subject and its audience.
The artist creates delicate hand-cut paper stencils that provide a perspective, content and
detail within a painterly abstract environment. The paintings juxtapose the frozen ideals of
domestic architecture with the universal natural environment, and investigate these sites as
portraits of space. The works take inspiration from painterly, photographic and sculptural
practices by artists such as: David Hockney, Jeffrey Smart, Peter Doig, Jon Cattapan and
Davies graduated from the College of Fine Arts UNSW, with a Major in Sculpture. Shortly after
graduating from COFA in 2000 he discovered the graffiti and street art practices of Sydney
based artists and began employing these techniques to the sculpture he had studied. Davies
is currently studying a Masters by research at the College of Fine Arts, which investigates the
relationship between the built and natural environment in his work.