Based in Bungay, part of the beautiful Waveney Valley, Paul derives inspiration from a love of the local rural scenery at Outney Common and Bath Hills, as well as the uncompromising Suffolk coastline at places such as Dunwich and Covehithe. Inspiration comes from many natural sources, particularly marshes, forests and shorelines.
He mainly paints in oils on canvas or board, sometimes incorporating natural materials such as sand, earth, and detritus in 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 expressive actions while retaining an element of traditional landscape painting.
As an artist and musician Paul includes an element of synesthesia in his work (whereby he sees colours in sound and music and vice versa), which helps him in his other role as an electronic music composer and recording artist (going under the name of “Sineflesh”) – the two sides of his practice support and influence each other.
Recent study for an MA in Fine Art at Norwich University of the Arts has given him more focus and context to his creative output. He is currently using deliberately rusted steel and distressed unprimed canvas, together with varnish, metal dust, sand, cement and oil paint, to convey his long relationship with the eroding cliffs and fallen trees at Benacre and Covehithe on the North Suffolk coast.
Part of Paul’s research involves investigating ideas of permanence versus impermanence and time-based immateriality, using materials which themselves corrode and viewed from an auto-ethnographic perspective around his 50-year relationship with, and love of, this area of the East Anglian coast. Related work includes audio and video pieces derived from location field recordings.
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