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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 and sometimes interaction with human activity. Walking is an important part of the working process, understanding the character and distinctive atmosphere of a certain area, as Paul Nash referred to the ‘genius loci.’ Much of his work comes from places that have been explored and returned to repeatedly, with an ingrained personal significance, with the work mostly a response to being affected by memories or experience over time in those places. 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, Mariners Gallery in St Ives and the Royal West of England Academy as well as in London with the Society of Graphic Fine Art.

Paul works as the event coordinator for Somerset Art Weeks and previously worked as a trustee and curator for Black Swan Arts in Frome. In 2016 he curated the Quartz Arts Festival in Taunton and helped coordinate Bridport Open Studios. He is also the curator of a recent touring exhibition, ‘The Transformed Land’ and is now working on helping organise exhibitions with The Arborealists.

CV

2019

  • March- The Arborealists, Musée Collégial Sainte-Croix de Loudun, France
  • May- Bath Society of Artists 114th Annual Open
  • June- The Arborealists, Riverside Museum at Blake’s Lock, Reading
  • July- Drawn to Dorset, Fine Foundation Gallery, Durlston Castle, Dorset
  • July- Evolving the Forest, The Arborealists, Darlington College, Devon
  • August- The Arborealists + Guests, Young Gallery, Salisbury, Wiltshire
  • September- Somerset Art Weeks, Venue 135, The Arborealists, Fyne Court
  • October- Society of Graphic Fine Art Annual Open, Menier Gallery, London
  • December- The Arborealists, National Memorial Arboretum, Staffs

2018

  • October- Side by Side- The Arborealists and St Ives Society of Artists
  • Summer- The Arborealists + Guests, Black Swan Arts, Frome
  • May- Dorset Art Weeks, Venue 28, with Denman + Gould
  • May- The Transformed Land, ACE Arts, Somerton

2017

  • December- ’12 Days’, The Round Tower, Black Swan Arts, Frome
  • December- ‘A Wessex Scene’, Messums, Wiltshire
  • December- ‘Wish List’, Andelli Art, Wells, Somerset
  • November- ‘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- 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, Somerset Open Studios
  • March- joint 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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