I am continuously inspired by the complexities of printmaking in all its various forms. Having primarily been interested in etching I have subsequently become involved with Japanese woodblock and screenprinting and hope to successfully combine some of these differing processes.
Utilising complex mapping data, photographic information and traditional drawing techniques I like to use archaeological information hidden within the landscape, as a catalyst to develop contemporary images. This data is combined using studio applications and traditional print techniques to create a visual response to the source material. I continue to develop these multiple techniques and carry out further work within the archaeologically rich landscape.
The resulting images will I hope assist in the interpretation of the original data findings and our understanding of our immediate environment and the surrounding contemporary archaeological landscape.
Trained in Art & Design at St Albans College of Art, Paul was tutored in printmaking by John Brunsdon and Anthony Harris along with design tutor Dick Powell.
Went on to do BA(Hons) in 3-D Design at Manchester Polytechnic, specializing in furniture design/manufacturing and hot glass making, graduated in 1980.
After college Paul worked on the archaeological excavations at West Heslerton, North Yorkshire. Worked as site photographer and site supervisor, under site director Dominic Powlesland.
Joined “Glassworks” hot glass studio in Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, Scotland to assist in setting up workshop with Jenny Antonio. Received an SDA new craftsman grant for the Glassworks in 1982.
In 1983 joined “The Tent Co” the organizing body of the Festival Craft Tent. Also became council member of Scottish Crafts Centre, Edinburgh. During 1986 was glass maker in residence at Strawberry Studios, Jersey, C I and made Co-director of the Nicholson Gallery, Edinburgh.
During early 1990 dissolved Glassworks and started working at Forest Fire Ltd – wood heating specialists in St Mary’s Street, Edinburgh with co-director Stewart McKenna.
July 2008 Forest Fire Ltd – closed and sold business to pursue artistic endeavour.
Attended course in photo-polymer etching at Edinburgh printmakers in early 2009 with Alfons Bytautas and have since been practising as printmaker.
During 2010 continued to make prints, numerous exhibitions around UK as well as teaching courses in photo etching.
2011 saw two one man shows in The Linenhall, Co Mayo, Ireland and Scampston Hall, North Yorkshire. Also started the Spektrum print collective and organised the inaugural exhibition “First Press” at the Whitespace Gallery in Edinburgh.
2012 one man show at the North Yorkshire National Parks visitors centre and various other shows.
In late 2012 set up Gallery TEN in Edinburgh with creative partner and fellow printmaker Gill Tyson and continue to have print exhibitions by a variety of artists.