Biography

In the classic Sicilian novel The Leopard, two young lovers explore the rooms of a crumbling palace. In a suite formerly given over to sensuality, they find a wall where the damp had marked the walls high up and also perhaps low down at a man’s height, where it had assumed strange shapes, odd thickness, dark tints. Paul Giuffrida, of Sicilian and Welsh descent, captures in his work similar marks left by the passing of people, nature and time through buildings and structures Drawing on his surroundings of industrial decay in Wales and his ancestral background of layered Mediterranean civilisations, Giuffrida’s work comes into being through destructive processes (scratching, scoring, tearing, breaking and burning) as much as the creative (painting, sculpting, binding and nailing).

What we are looking may seem at first to be the surface but in fact it is the revealed interior of the work; skinned, gutted and scarred. The resulting careful constructions and considered textures are collages of memory, of long pasts and long shadows. Although we may be looking for the first time, there is a familiarity to the works. If viewers typically see their own meaning in artworks, then in Giuffrida’s, perhaps, they can see the longue dure of their own histories.

Andrew Deathe 2006

 

Born , Swansea, Wales 1956

1973 – 1975 Newport college of Art and Design

1976 – 1979 Cardiff College of Art – B.A. (hons.) Fine Art

 

Current Exhibitions

2017 Solo Show – Volcano Theatre, 27-29 High Street, Swansea SA1 1LG

Between 18th April Р12th May (Monday to Friday 10am-5pm)

 

Previous Exhibitions

2016 Christmas Show – Nick Holly Gallery, Swansea

2016 Swansea Studios Exhibition – Swansea Museum

2016 Cube Gallery, Bristol and London

2016 Nick Holly Gallery, Swansea

2015 Affordable Art Fair Battersea London, with Cube Gallery

2015 New Work – Nick Holly Gallery, Swansea

2015 Cube Gallery, Bristol and London

2014 Winter Exhibition – Nick Holly Gallery, Swansea

2014 `Dylan Inspired`celebrates the life of Dylan Thomas – Nick Holly Gallery, Swansea

2014 World Landscape Exhibition – Cube Gallery, Bristol

2013 Winter Exhibition – Nick Holly Gallery, Swansea

2013 Swansea Studios Exhibition – Swansea Museum

2013 Affordable Art Fair New York, with Cube Gallery

2013 Spring Exhibition – Nick Holly Gallery, Swansea

2013 Cube Gallery, Bristol and London

2012 Christmas Exhibition – St. David’s Hall, Cardiff

2012 Affordable Art Exhibition – St. David’s Hall, Cardiff

2012 Affordable Art Fair Stockholm, with Cube Gallery

2012 Tros Gynnal Children’s Charity Exhibition – Swansea Museum

2012 Mixed Show – Nick Holly Studio Gallery, Swansea

2012 International Art Fair 20-21 – Royal College of Art, London with Cube Gallery

2012 Welsh Artist of the Year Exhibition – St. David’s Hall, Cardiff

2012 Affordable Art Fair Brussels, with Cube Gallery

2012 Looking Forward – Art Matters, Tenby

2012 Winter Exhibition – Nick Holly Gallery, Swansea

2012 Cube Gallery, Bristol and London

2011 Christmas Show – St. David’s Hall, Cardiff

2011 Affordable Art Fair, Battersea

2011 Jane Phillips Award Auction

2011 Cube Gallery, London

2011 Open 11 – Rhondda Heritage Park

2011 Nick Holly Gallery, Swansea

2011 Welsh Artist of the Year Exhibition – St. David’s Hall, Cardiff

2011 Art Matters, Tenby

2011 Cube Gallery, Bristol

2010 Swansea Studios Exhibition – Swansea Museum

2010 Christmas Exhibition – Oriel Canfas, Cardiff

2010 Christmas Exhibition – St. David’s Hall, Cardiff

2010 Nick Holly Gallery, Swansea

2010 In House Art – Swansea Museum

2010 Welsh Artists in Rome – Biblioteca Casanatense, Rome

2010 Cambridge Art Fair and Chelsea Art Fair, London

2010 Affordable Art Fair, Bristol

2010 Affordable Art Fair, Brussels and Paris

2009 Christmas Showcase – St. David’s Hall, Cardiff

2009 Tros Gynnal Children’s Charity Exhibition and Auction – Swansea Museum

2009 Open Exhibition – Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea

2009 Cambridge Art Fair and Chelsea Art Fair, London

2009 Affordable Art Fair – Bristol and Battersea, London

2009 20|21 International Art Fair – Royal College of Art, London

2009 Edinburgh Art Fair

2009 Affordable Art Fair, Brussels and Amsterdam

2009 Welsh Artist of the Year Exhibition – St. David’s Hall, Cardiff

2009 Christmas Exhibition – Crane Gallery, Swansea

2008 Christmas Showcase – St. David’s Hall, Cardiff

2008 Autumn Open Exhibition – Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

2008 Welsh Artist of the Year Exhibition – St. David’s Hall, Cardiff

2008 Open 08 – Mission Gallery, Swansea

2008 Spring Show – Crane Gallery, Swansea

2008 Affordable Art Fair Bristol and Battersea, London

2008 Form : London

2008 Edinburgh Art Fair and Chelsea Art Fair, London

2007/8 ‘Second Helping’ Bordeaux Quay Restaurant, Bristol

2007 Christmas Exhibition – Crane Gallery, Swansea

2007 Autumn Open Exhibition – Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

2007 Swansea Open – Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea

2007 Summer Show – Crane Gallery, Swansea

2007 New View – Mission Gallery, Swansea

2007 Summer Exhibition – Royal Academy of Art, London

2007 Edinburgh Art Fair

2007 Affordable Art Fair, Bristol and London

2007 Gateshead Art Fair, Newcastle

2007 Paul Giuffrida and Neil Clarke – Crane Gallery, Mumbles, Swansea

2007 Mixed Show – Washington Gallery, Penarth

2007 Winter Group Exhibition – Attic Gallery, Swansea

2007 Travellers Tales – Long Gallery, Swansea Museum

2006 Crane Gallery, Swansea

2006 Cube Gallery, Bristol

2006 Art Ireland, Dublin

2006 New Paintings by Past Prize Winners – Art Matters Gallery, Tenby

2006 Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London

2006 Swansea Open – Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea

2006 Open06 – Rhondda Heritage Park

2005 Open Exhibition (Winner of People’s Choice Award) – Art Matters Gallery, Tenby,

2005 Open05 – Rhondda Heritage Park

2005 Exhibiting with Art Matters Gallery, Tenby

2004 Oriel Davies Open – Newtown, Powys

2004 Swansea Open – Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea

2004 Open 04 – Rhondda Heritage Park (Prize winner)

2003 Swansea Open Exhibition – Glynn Vivian, Swansea

1997 Aspects of Wales, Pontardawe Swansea

1996 Aspects of Wales, Pontardawe Swansea

1980 Swansea Branch AADW, Arts Workshop, Swansea

1979 Coming Out, Selected New Welsh Graduates – Oriel Gallery, Cardiff

1978 Stowells Trophy exhibition, Diploma Gallery – Royal Academy of Art, London