'Low and the long goodbye', Paul Housley

Painting of a drumkit, speakers and microphone on a stage

Oil on canvas, 50.5 x 61 cm

This painting, like Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow, represents my long overdue and melancholic (failed) goodbye to adolescence.


Paul Housley was born in Stalybridge in 1964. He studied at Tameside College of Art and Technology 1981-82, Sheffield Polytechnic 1983-86 and the Royal College of Art 1993-95. He was included in John Moores 17 1991. In 1998-99 he was Evelyn Williams Trust Drawing Fellow at the University of Northumbria, and he has held several solo shows in Newcastle and Northumbria as well as London, the Midlands and in Europe. In 2003 he was included in Dirty Pictures Approach London and The Painting Show Anthony Wilkinson Gallery London where he will have a solo show in 2005.