Born in Cork in 1976. Paul went studied Graphic Design in Central Saint Martins College, London, majoring in printmaking and animation. After graduating he spent a number of years printmaking in Cork Printmakers. Paul has worked for C. Robersons & Co. London aiding in the manufacturing of artist painting materials and as a canvas stretcher for their sister company Russell & Chappell. It was there that he developed his passion for painting.
After spending a number of years living in New Zealand he worked as a picture framer for one of New Zealand’s premier picture framers John Leech Framers based in Auckland. After returning home in 2012 he has been painting from his studio in Sample Studios on
Sullivans Quay working on commissions. Paul also teaches painting runs his own art classes and is a registered Golden Acrylic Artist educator one of the leading artist Acrylic paint companies.
Memory has always interested me. What we choose to remember can be very different to what was actually experienced. Just as everyone’s perception of life and reality are different so too are everyone’s memory of life events. How much of what we remember is reality and how much is influenced by our own thoughts, feelings and life experiences?
The concept of sense of place or memory of a place first became significant in my London series which I started in 2005. I was interested in how certain scenes could hold significance by serving as a microcosm of change over time. Everyday suburban buildings, roof tops and domestic living spaces become a focus for describing a conflict with the forces of nature and social and economic modernization. Looking at the familiar sights of my home town has been the subject of my work since moving back from New Zealand in 2012.
The line drawings first came about whilst living in London in 2006. An experiment in drawing style they started as an exercise in continuous line.
The outcome is sort of a reverse architectural drawing integrating human and environmental interaction with the buildings through the process of line drawing
My paintings are derived from images which have endured in my memory or they are based on recorded scenes that are particularly effective in describing the mood of a wider place.
I believe that a combination of certain components such as weather, light, a striking visual composition and visible references to common occurrences can all contribute to making a place memorable and worthy of painting.