Paul Charlton



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Monkeys, hand coloured etching, 21 x 15 cm

Unicorn, hand coloured etching, 38 x 28 cm

Elephant Trainer, water colour on wood, 52 x 45 cm

Strongman, watercolour on wood, 69 x 39 cm

Tiger Tamer, mixed media, wood,zinc,water colour, acrylic,wax, 47 x 20 x 16 cm

Magnolia, mixed media,wood, water colour, acrylic, wax, 33 x 22 x 15 cm


I have always been intrigued by memento mori and the study of the human skeleton. I am inspired by the timeless quality they lend to an object and the inherent fascination there always is with death and the afterlife. It is a topic that can be returned to again and again on many different levels.
I predominantly make portraits and figurative works, trying to create a sense of a different era, an historical quality. I use costume and face paint to give the subjects an other worldly or timeless feel, creating characters rather than individuals.
I primarily use wood as a surface medium, applying paint/photographs or using printing techniques as appropriate. I am deeply interested in the presentation of the finished piece of art, with framing given as much attention as the image. Creating a solid, three dimensional artwork is an important part of my process and helps to blend the boundary between the visual and tactile. I am inspired by religious reliquaries, Victorian curiosities, oddities and side shows, and the craftsmanship that has gone into their creation. I endeavor to make objects that have a beauty and mystery, that intrigues people and allows them to create there own stories.
Music also plays an important part, by indirectly influencing the work I create: the mood of the music I listen to and their lyrics, lends my work a melancholic feel.


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