Ben Tufnell
Matt Watkins
18 Woodstock Street
Exhibited artists
Melanie Manchot
Sophy Rickett
Indre Serpytyte
Melanie Smith

Parafin was established in London in 2014 by Ben Tufnell and Matt Watkins. The gallery's primary focus is on its exhibition programme – placing an emphasis on rigorously curated solo and ambitious group exhibition projects - but it also initiates and supports institutional projects for its artists and publishes catalogues. The gallery represents a broad range of artists working across many media, from emerging artists such as Indre Serpytyte, Fred Sorrell and Hynek Martinec, to major figures such as Tim Head, Hamish Fulton and Nancy Holt. Within a varied array of artistic strategies two key strands perhaps emerge: contemporary painting and artists involved in the inception and subsequently the legacies of Land and Conceptual art. Notable projects include the first ever exhibition and publication of Nancy Holt’s seminal Locater series from the early 1970s (more recently shown at Dia, New York) and Transient Space, an acclaimed group show including Mike Ballard, Nathan Coley, Keith Coventry, Tim Head, Melanie Manchot and Abigail Reynolds. Recent museum exhibitions that the gallery has initiated, curated and/or supported include Alison Watt at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh (2021), Indre Serpytyte at the Venice Biennale (2019), Nancy Holt at Dia, New York (2018), Hynek Martinec at the National Gallery, Prague (2018), Melanie Manchot at MAC/VAL, Paris (2018) and Tim Head at Glasgow International (2018) Recent institutional sales include to Tate, London, V&A, London, Arts Council Collection, London, Government Art Collection, London, US Embassy, London, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Lewben Foundation, Vilnius and the Kistefos Museum, Oslo.