Paul Wallington 

Paul Wallington was born in Johannesburg in 1993 and raised in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. He completed his final year at the Michaelis School of fine art in Cape Town, South Africa in 2019. As an artist, Wallington works predominantly in oil painting. Much of his recent work has drawn on South African literature and poetry as a starting point. His paintings exist within a larger narrative set by writers whose stories hold a powerful resonance within South Africa today. These novels attempt to explain or dissect the ongoing narrative within South Africa and challenge our idea of truth. Wallington is interested in the relationship between fiction and reality and the ways in which the transposing of text into oil paint further muddies the original process of textual representation. It is in this world of exchanges from the textual to the visual that these images emerge, taking on a life of their own. In his paintings, there are strong visual links to artists such as Francis Bacon and Francisco Goya.