Based in Liverpool, Paul regularly exhibits in Liverpool and Edinburgh and is the founder of Liverpool Urban Sketchers. Primarily a figurative sculptor in ceramic, he also paints and is an advocate of drawing outdoors. He began teaching in the community in 1991 and has taught in Further Education and for the Tate and Walker art galleries.
Paul graduated in 1995, with a BA (Hons) from University College Salford and in 2002 gained his Cert Ed, from Liverpool Community College. He currently teaches Art and Design at Liverpool Community College, as well as leading drawing groups at Tate Liverpool.
He also makes figurative ceramic sculpture and drawings. Clay is earth and the style of the sculptures reflects the nature of the material, using raku and smoke as these processes leave a visual record of the firing.
He says of his work: "The human figure is a theme which has always been at the core of my art work and the current work is exploring traditional archetypes. I am exploring a number of themes: Kings and Queens, Acrobats and Clowns, and ‘Fête Gallant’. These are loaded images from which stories might be spun.
The work is influenced from many different sources; for example, old churches, Shakespeare, Tiepolo, Watteau, Emma Rodgers and Michael Flynn, even the texture of the clay itself. The stylistic challenge is to find the right balance between naturalism and expression.
Drawing is fundamental to my work; I regularly draw from life and have an interest in art and anatomy."
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