Born in Dorset I like to create bold, gestural landscape paintings and charcoal drawings.
A visit to Northumberland in the early 90’s came like “a thunder bolt of inspiration” resulting in annual art pilgrimages as the furrowed horizons and huge skies, the mystery of woodlands and solitary trees are key to firing my imagination. I record the rugged terrain of the countryside in my landscapes whilst allowing a looseness in my style to give my paintings a special energy.
I learnt my skills through observing the countryside while walking, forging deep emotional connections with the land and recording the balance of quiet spaces mixed with frenetic energy. This is reflected in my mark making in a signature ‘impasto’ interaction of paint on canvas or hard board, with a fluid use of vibrant colour, balanced with a more studied, graphic mark making for my charcoal drawings.
One of my commissions caught the eye of TV’s Kate Humble. As a result, I was interviewed as an inspiration for her “Thinking On My Feet” book (published in 2018 by Octopus Publishing Group). This in turn led to the commission to create the book front cover, end papers and inside plates.
|Publication Title||Job Title||Date|
|Living Streets||https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/news-and-blog/blog/walking-links||Tue, 05/28/2019|
|Interview with Paul West||https://www.artsillustrated.com/paul-west-artist/||Wed, 11/29/2017|
|BBC News||'You don't have to be a squillionaire to buy art'||Wed, 05/17/2017|
|artThou||Interview with Paul West||Sun, 02/05/2017|
|Saatchi Art||Meet The Others: Paul West||Sun, 12/18/2016|
|Artfinder||Trending Artists||Sat, 11/05/2016|