Yorkshire based artist Paul began painting when studying art history in the mid 1990’s, and turned professional 6 years ago when he began to focus on the genre of still life, creating accomplished classical paintings with a contemporary twist that appeal to many art collectors across the UK. In that short time he has won many awards, including ‘Still Life Artist of The Year’*.
At the core of his work is the search for a precision of focus on the formal properties of mundane objects that have an everyday, unremarkable, often overlooked presence in our lives. These objects are usually combined with fresh fruit and vegetables, resulting in a scene of familiar and nostalgic content, and for Paul this means a more intimate relationship with the viewer.
A dramatic use of light and shade also helps create a sense of texture and atmosphere to the work that recall 17th century Dutch still life artists, with compositions often created by chance by spending hours simply positioning a few items on cloth until the arrangement simply ‘feels right’.
As Paul explains:
“My studio is now littered with hundreds of these objects, all vying for attention within a composition: a small shift to the side, a slight change in light, and suddenly a discarded low object has newly discovered strengths.
While the work displays a high sense of realism, particularly in reproduction, it is important to me that the works are still essentially a personal interpretation of form and composition, and therefore not lose that sense of being a painting. The excitement of being an artist for me lies both in the process of physically using paint to transform, and a sense of achievement in completing the work.”
*Artist and Illustrators magazine 2010, also runner-up 2012