Paul Huxley, British (1938 - )

Paul Huxley

Paul Huxley was born in London in 1938. He studied at Harrow School of Art from 1951 until 1956 when, at the age of seventeen, he was admitted to the Royal Academy Schools where he graduated in 1960.

His first solo exhibition was at the Rowan Gallery, London in 1963. In 1964 he was selected by Bryan Robertson for ‘The New Generation’ at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, the exhibition which first introduced emerging artists of the sixties to a wider public. Works in this show from Huxley’s ‘fluid series’ of paintings became highly influential within the genre of new abstract painting at the time and won him first prize in the Stuyvesant Travel Awards. The award took him to the USA where he met many of the leading American artists of the period such as Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Robert Motherwell, Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns, often visiting their studios and in some cases forming lasting friendships.

In 1965 he was awarded a Harkness Fellowship that funded a two year residency in New York culminating in his first solo show there. During this time he made the initial studies for his ‘key series’, works in which he deconstructed the traditional monocentric format of abstract painting. These were seminal to the development of the divided canvases that have characterised his work ever since.

In 1977 the Linbury Trust awarded him a sabbatical year away from part time teaching. An intensive period of work resulted in the grey ‘studio series’ which were the first paintings in which Huxley applied a new analysis of cubist and surrealist sources; possibly the first instance in abstract painting where conscious historical references were made to its modernist origins.

The ‘studio series’ reintroduced the theme of the standing form that had previously been a feature in works of the late sixties and now was continued in subsequent paintings, for instance in the Modus Operandi series of the late 1980s and the Anima Animus series of the 1990s, where Huxley presented the concept of interactions between differing hypothetical renderings of image, flat colour field, line, chiaroscuro and collage.

Over the last four decades Huxley's work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions both in Britain and internationally. Recent projects have included large-scale wall drawings in Chichester and London, an ongoing series of paintings on a Chinese theme and, most recently, a series of sculptural maquettes towards a larger project.

Huxley has also taught in art schools throughout his career and has contributed to policy in the academic and curatorial fields. He was a member of the advisory panels for the Arts Council of Great Britain and the Serpentine Gallery, a Trustee of the Tate Gallery, acting for a period as chairman of its Exhibitions Committee, and chairman of the Art & Design Research Exercise for the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

In 1987 he was editor of ‘Exhibition Road - Painters from the Royal College of Art’, a book to coincide with the exhibition of the same title which he co-curated with Susie Allen. For their joint work on this show the National Art Collections Fund (now The Art Fund) gave them an award for Outstanding Service to the Arts. He has been a member of the Royal Academy of Arts since 1987 and their Treasurer since 2000 acting for a period as President.

He was Professor of Painting at the Royal College of Art from 1986 until 1998 after which he was elected Honorary Fellow and Professor Emeritus. Many of his students from these years such as Dinos Chapman, Nigel Cook, Dexter Dalwood, Andrew Grassie, Tracey Emin, Chantal Joffe and Chris Ofili are now established artists contributing to the new British art which has been so widely acclaimed.

Public Collections

Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York.
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.
Arts Council of Great Britain, London.
British Council, London.
British Museum, London.
Bukchon Museum, Seoul.
Camden Borough Council, London.
Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City.
Contemporary Art Society, London.
Creasey Collection of Contemporary Art, Salisbury.
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
Government Art Collection, London.
Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield.
Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon.
Imperial College Health Care, London.
John Creasey Museum, Canterbury.
Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds.
Leicestershire Education Authority, Leicester.
Moroccan Government Collection, Asilah.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.
Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Neuberger Museum, State University of New York.
Nuffield Foundation, London.
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester.
Royal Academy of Arts, London.
Royal Collection, London.
Royal College of Art, London.
Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul.
Szépmüvészeti Múzeum, Budapest.
Tate Gallery, London.
Technisches Museum, Vienna.
Ulster Museum, Belfast.
Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.
Warwick University, Warwickshire.
Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.

Solo Exhibitions

2012 St Regis Hotel, Singapore.
2011 Gallery Reis, Singapore.
2011 Art in Focus, Charing Cross Hospital, London.
2009 Chang Art, Beijing.
2009 Watergate Gallery, Seoul, South Korea.
2008 Lyon & Turnbull, London.
2003 Rhodes+Mann, London.
2002 Rhodes+Mann, London.
2001 Pallant House Gallery, Chichester.
2001 Rhodes+Mann, London.
1999 New Art Centre, Roche Court.
1998 Jason & Rhodes Gallery, London.
1994 Gardner Arts Centre, University of Sussex.
1992 Gillian Jason Gallery, London.
1991 Galerie zur alten deutschen Schule, Thun, Switzerland.
1989 Mayor Rowan Gallery, London.
1982 Juda Rowan Gallery, London.
1980 Rowan Gallery, London.
1978 Rowan Gallery, London.
1975 Forum Kunst, Rotweil.
1974 Galeria da Emenda, Lisbon.
1974 Rowan Gallery, London.
1971 Rowan Gallery, London.
1970 Kornblee Gallery, New York.
1969 Rowan Gallery, London.
1968 Rowan Gallery, London.
1967 Kornblee Gallery, New York.
1965 Rowan Gallery, London.
1963 Rowan Gallery, London.

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