Chateau Cabezac 2018




In a trailer park in deepest Florida, it’s three in the afternoon. Metal is too hot to touch, tarmac is sticky like maple syrup, the air as thick as grits. It’s quiet, other than the muffled drone of an afternoon TV quiz show. Everyone is inside with their electric fans and iced tea. Only a bloody fool would sit out in this heat.

Oh, look! There’s one now. 
Paul Stafford is at his easel, painting frantically before his acrylics dry up in the sun. 
In front of him is an old refuse skip. 
But what HE’S seeing is the romance of 1950’s Americana – the colour, the lettering, the palm trees behind. 
On another day it’s a 1959 Belle Air Chevrolet. Then a scrapped vintage Cadillac. 
By now everyone is used to this Englishman out in the Midday Sun. Even the Mad Dogs ignore him apart from the odd sniff of his leg and a drool on his palette. Occasionally a resident will mosey over, telling anecdotes about meeting Elvis or offering cold beer. 
Back here in Occitanie, Paul finds similar treasures lurking in breakers’ yards and hedgerows – a weed covered 1956 Mercedes, a burnt out Citroen, an antiquated tractor, a mid century three wheel motorbike. Decrepit contraptions all with stories, written in rust, of a former life whipping around the vineyards of a southern French village. 
Paul Stafford trained at the Slade School and has spent his career as a practising artist and art educator at Kingston University, where he is an Honorary Fellow. You can see all these paintings and many others at a new show at Chateau Cabezac. 
Paul is sharing the exhibition space with a second artist, Yvonne Lodemore, another London based practitioner and educator, having studied Fine Art at Central St Martins.
Initially inspired by the Cornish landscape and artists, her work developed from observations and interpretations of landscape. It has changed over the years concentrating more critically on surfaces, constructions, rhythm and movement.  She has also produced an extensive body of figurative work and often returns to the figure, encouraging both aspects of her work to support the understanding and interpretation of the other. Yvonne’s abstract work originates from the representational but does not define any overt representation. She’s interested in geometry, natural grids and the infinite number of opportunities within. Her work is an attempt to open a new window onto the world, its complexity in turn, reflecting the many decisions we make in everything we do. She intends the viewer to both travel through her paintings and to take them in as a whole.
These recent abstract works were inspired by observations of compressed and contained materials. She has used the grid as a device to manipulate the viewer to explore the surface and move in and out of the shapes, spaces and intersecting lines.
Come and enjoy this doubly diverse exhibition and also of course, sample some delicious Cabezac wines. 
You are invited to the Vernissage on Friday, 20th July 2018, 5.00 – 8.00pm.
The exhibition runs from 21st July until 31st August. Open 7 days a week.
Chateau Cabezac


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French Exhibition: Chateau Cabezac July 2016

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One Summer’s day an artist sat at his creaking, oil-stained easel surrounded by buttercups. By his side were tubes and brushes, ahead of him a field of English wild grasses. Through the thick, hot air, hovered the buzz of flies, the occasional one of which would land on his primed board and stick to the paint, tacky in the sunlight.

Cows crunched the grass and gave him the odd sidelong glance, the munch of their ruminating the only other sound…..until now…..

A car engine hummed closer and the tyres spat gravel on the lane as it slowed. A window wound down and the artist looked up expectantly. He would enjoy sharing this idyllic moment with an interested passer-by, to both mutually appreciate the afternoon, the scenery and, talk to them about his work.


Crushed, he turned back to the painting on his wobbly stool and, promptly fell over sideways, face in a cow pat. The animals looked on with disdain.

The reaction when he sits and paints amongst the vines of the Languedoc however, is entirely different. Passers-by do stop to look and they do chat, with fascination. The landscape offers rich pickings, from trees to fields, lakes and mountains. There are other subjects that provide a visual feast as well as a literal one – foie gras, oysters, fresh sardines. There are treasures plucked from vide greniers and brocantes, objects with history and a story to tell through their patina and form. Some paintings actually use found objects as their canvas, for example, a grape picker’s hotte painted on to a 1950’s French school desk.

Paul Stafford is holding an exhibition of these works at the beautiful Chateau Cabezac. This space, apart from being impressive in its own right, is an appropriate venue for the pictures as they are run through with a love for the Languedoc, just as the wine from the Minervois runs through the region like ink through vellum.

As well as the paintings inspired by and created in the area, are some works of a different flavour, though still French in origin. They are a series ignited by vintage Parisian postcards of models in various poses designed to titivate and tease. To add to the nuance of sauciness, they are housed in old boxes and tins, into which the viewer must peak.

You are invited to join Paul Stafford, try the delicious Cabezac wine and, view his work at the Vernissage on the evening of July, 22nd. If you can’t make that evening, the exhibition will run until the end of August, so there is plenty of time to visit the chateau, surrounded by those inspirational vineyards………and not a cowpat in sight.

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Two New Paintings for a Valentine’s Show at Gallery Different, London

Desire and Temptation

Paintings of Barbara Windsor in a heart shaped bikini and Bond Girl, Maddie Smith.

Price per painting: £1,500


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Change of Location: Media City

Today, Friday 11th December, the Coronation Street Paintings Exhibition will be moving to Media City, Manchester. After that it will return to Quay Street via Rochdale! Look out for the van.

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Coronation Street Paintings in situ

The van containing the Coronation Street exhibition has reached its destination. The characters in the paintings – the Barlows, the Ogdens, the Tanners et al – find themselves  right outside their birthplace, the original Corrie set in Quay Street, Manchester. Pop along and say hello!

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Read today’s article from the ITV website and watch out for the television report later in the day. 

Another article form today’s press coverage. This time, from ITV Granada.

The exhibition is featured on Coronation Street’s own Blogspot.

As darkness falls in Manchester, the van lights up. The exhibition is open until 8.00pm each day.


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Journey Begins

This gallery contains 5 photos.

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Coronation Street Paintings

Read an article from the Manchester Evening Post.

Three days to go until the opening of the exhibition. The van heads North tomorrow.

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Coronation Street Paintings

With four days to go until the van heads North, catch the latest video of the paintings and exhibition layout……



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Lowry and Me

Click here to see the Channel 4 film featuring Paul Stafford.

“LS Lowry’s Tate exhibition captured my north in all its grimy glory.”

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