about

Now returning to Dorset, Paul graduated from Falmouth College of Arts in 1995 after A-Levels and Foundation in Poole and Bournemouth, Dorset. As a graphic fine artist intrigued by nature, he works exclusively in graphite and is interested in detail, texture and tone inspired by elements of the ancient landscape and stories of Wessex.

His work is created by research into the nature and history of places that interest him; geology, ecology, historical remains or natural history. Walking is an important part of the working process, getting to know a particular area well, understanding how it was shaped. Much of his work comes from places that have an ingrained historical meaning or personal significance and the work is mostly a response to being affected by memories or experience over time in that place. He is keen to make links between the places that he finds and the stories that fashioned them. His influences are maps and writers, geologists and legends, songs and poems. Drawings and photographs taken in the field are then worked up into finished pieces in the studio.

Paul is also interested in how nature manifests itself on human objects, reclaiming and abstracting these forms, such as overgrown remains, weathering, seasonal change and decay. He looks for evidence of human activity changing landscapes into places, creating unique locations which can affect, uplift or threaten.

He has shown work at various galleries across the South West, including the Bath Society of Artists and the Royal West of England Academy as well as in London with the Society of Graphic Fine Art.

Paul has worked as a trustee for Black Swan Arts in Frome, as the event co-ordinator for Somerset Art Weeks and curated the 2016 Quartz Arts Festival in Taunton. He is also the curator of a recent touring exhibition, ‘The Transformed Land’ and has worked on many exhibitions for Black Swan Arts.

 

CV

2018

  • May- Venue 28, Dorset Art Weeks with Denman + Gould
  • May- The Transformed Land, ACE Arts, Somerton
  • July- The Arborealists + Guests, Black Swan Arts, Frome

2017

  • December- Curated ’12 Days’, The Round Tower, Black Swan Arts, Frome
  • December- part of ‘A Wessex Scene’, Messums, Wiltshire
  • December- part of ‘Wish List’, Andelli Art, Wells, Somerset
  • November- part of ‘Mixing Signals’, Kobi and Teal, Frome, Somerset
  • July- Group show, ’50 Bees- The Interconnectedness of All Things’, ACEarts, Somerton, Somerset
  • May- Group show, ‘Alternative Realities’, part of Fringe Arts Bath
  • May- Edited version of ‘The Transformed Land’ moved to The Circle, Bath
  • May- ‘In the Margins’ selected for Bath Society of Artists Annual Open
  • March- Curated ‘The Transformed Land’, group show with 12 artists, Taunton Brewhouse

2016

  • December- curated Quartz Art Festival, Queens College Taunton
  • December- 30 Years | 30 Artists, Black Swan Arts
  • September- Pop up Studio, The Gallery, Castle Cary for Somerset Open Studios 2016
  • March- exhibition with sculptor Brendon Murless at Duke’s showroom, Dorchester
  • January- Ilminster Meeting House Group Show

2015

  • November- Black Swan Arts Annual Open
  • October- Royal West of England Academy 163rd Annual Open
  • October- SGFA Annual Open Draw 15
  • September- The Big Draw, Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington 
  • August- Ilminster Meeting House Annual Open
  • July- Bruton Art Factory Summer Show
  • July- Frome Open Studios
  • July- Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton- Evolver Arts Magazine Prize 2015
  • May- Bath Society of Artists 110th Annual Open
  • May- Dorchester Arts Open                 
  • April- Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
  • March- participating artist in ‘Drop me a Line’, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton
  • January- Black Swan Arts, Frome, Pop-up studio- ‘Netted in a Silver Mist’

2014

  • October- The Old Print Room, Gillingham- ’Netted in a Silver Mist’- solo show, with writer Jill Harris
  • August- Cafe la Strada, Frome- ‘Wessex Stories’ Early work and reproduction prints
  • July- Frome Open Studios
  • July- Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton, Bi-Annual Open
  • April- Bath Society of Artists Annual Open- ‘Langdon Hill’ awarded the Diane Bourdon-Smith drawing prize
  • March- The Meeting House, Ilminster, Annual Open

2013

  • December- Royal West of England Annual Open
  • November- The Old Print Room, Gillingham- Biophilia
  • October- Society of Graphic Fine Art Annual Open
  • June- Bath Society of Artists Annual Open- ‘Tyneham Rectory’ selected, awarded Diane Bourdon-Smith Drawing prize
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