Based in Bungay, part of the beautiful Waveney Valley, Paul derives immense inspiration from a love of the local rural scenery at Outney Common and Bath Hills, as well as the uncompromising coastline stretching from Yarmouth down to Aldeburgh – particularly the cliffs at Covehithe and Dunwich on the Suffolk Coast. Inland, he is inspired by the river, marshes and woodland scenery in places such as Burgh Castle, Halvergate and the Blythe valley. Inspiration comes from so many sources!
Working under the name of “Artbear”, he paints mainly in oils on canvas or board, and is investigating using natural materials such as sand, earth and detritus incorporated into his work, in order to capture the texture and spirit of the landscape. There is a love of spontaneity, too: he enthusiastically embraces the “happy accident” and makes full use of washing out, dripping, blotting and splashing paint while retaining an element of traditional landscape painting – sometimes using gold leaf as an accent.
As an artist and musician, Paul includes an element of synaesthesia in his work (whereby he sees colours in sound and music), which he researched for his recent thesis. This helps him in his other role as an electronic music composer (under the name of “Sineflesh”): the two sides of his practice support and influence each other.
He is currently studying for an MA Fine Art at Norwich University of the Arts, which is already giving more focus and context to his work, and is looking forward to embracing diverse and exciting new developments in his painting and music.
For more information, visit www.artbear.co.uk.
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