Parafin was opened by Ben Tufnell and Matt Watkins in 2014. The gallery represents a broad selection of artists from emerging talents such as Fred Sorrell to major figures such as Nathan Coley, Tania Kovats, Hamish Fulton and Nancy Holt.

Parafin is a contemporary art gallery in Central London, run by Ben Tufnell and Matt Watkins. Since its establishment in 2014, two key strands have emerged from Parafin’s polyvalent array of artistic strategies; contemporary painting and artists involved in the inception and subsequently the legacies of Land and Conceptual art. Parafin's primary focus is on an innovative exhibition programme, comprising 6-7 exhibitions a year. The programme is punctuated by ambitious research-led group exhibitions, which have explored the relationship between painting and photography (2015), urban space (2016), questions of belief (2017) and the contemporary sublime (2018). Substantial catalogues often accompany projects.

Parafin Gallery
18 Woodstock Street
London
W1C 2AL
+44 207 495 1969
  • Melanie Smith: Leave it to the Amateurs, 13 April - 26 June 2021

    Melanie Smith

    Leave it to the Amateurs, 2021

    Installation view at Parafin, London

    Melanie Smith: Leave it to the Amateurs

    13 April - 26 June 2021
    Parafin is delighted to announce its first exhibition with the internationally acclaimed artist Melanie Smith. Melanie Smith (born 1965), widely considered one of the leading artists of her generation, was born and studied in the UK but moved to Mexico City in 1989. Working across a range of media Smith explores notions of modernity in relation to art history and contemporary society. She has consistently addressed a number of interrelated themes encompassing the aesthetics of abstraction, urbanization, colonialism and, more recently, nature and entropy, working through a blurring and blending of the worlds of painting, cinema, and performance. While Smith has exhibited widely internationally, her work has been rarely shown the UK and this will be only her second solo exhibition in London, after her 'Art Now' project at Tate Britain in 2006. Parafin's exhibition will focus on Vortex (2019-20), a new work that continues her investigation into the deconstruction...