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Paul was originally trained in ceramics and lithography at Stourbridge College of Art and while pursuing his career as a teacher, established a pottery workshop at home, exhibiting and selling work in various outlets.
In 1984 he attended a print weekend at Westhill College where Michael Rothenstein was the keynote speaker. From that point on he has been a Printmaker, initially producing woodcuts, but after a few years becoming interested in more experimental ways of creating images such as collagraph and developing ways of combining print techniques, relief prints and monoprint, collagraph and Woodcut and photo-silk screen with collagraph, being examples.
Over the last few years, Paul has developed a technique for relief printing with the colours applied by soft roller through paper stencils. The key block, which contains the image, is then printed over the top. He has also produced a series of dry-point prints where the images are usually brooding and atmospheric.
Although responding to a variety of starting points for his work, he frequently returns to industrial subjects, this stems from his Black Country background and a lifelong fascination with the architecture of the canals and heavy industry. Several years ago Paul was one of a group of RBSA artists who joined together for an exhibition entitled ‘Black Country Visions’, which was first shown at the RBSA Gallery and then at Dudley and Wednesbury Municipal Art galleries.
In 2013 four of his prints were included, as an example of contemporary practice, in the Exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery “Edwin Butler Bayliss, Poet Painter of the Black Country”
His latest series of prints, based on the North Wales slate industry, was the basis for his submission to a group show “Mountains & Moorlands” held at the RBSA Gallery in November 2015.
His work has been selected and hung in -
• Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
• RWA Autumn Exhibition 2013
• NEAC Open The Mall Gallery 2015
• Paul has exhibited his work widely and in 2010 & 2011 a piece of his work was
selected for the ‘Originals’ print exhibition at London’s Mall Gallery.
• In 2005 he was awarded the Addenda Prize in the RBSA Prize Exhibition
• In 2006 he was awarded the Tregoning Prize at the Derby City Open and in
2010 won a Hawthorn Printmaker Prize at the RBSA Print Biennial Exhibition.
Paul was elected as a Member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists in 2001 where his work can regularly be seen. He has been the Hon. Curator of the RBSA Gallery since 2001 where he is responsible for the exhibition calendar and the staging of exhibitions.