Paul who lives on the border of the Peak District, just outside Lyme Park, has been painting for many years and his artwork has been nationally published. He has been voted by independent art galleries and framers across the UK, as one of the Country’s top selling artist at the Fine Art Trade Guild Awards on three occasions, and has won many awards including being a finalist in the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year.
Amongst his popular paintings, Paul also creates large `wild wire` sculpture of animals in movement, these have been featured across popular destinations such as Lyme Park, the Devonshire Dome and at Tatton Park. His images have also been recreated into personalised greeting cards that are on sale across many of the National Trust North West’s finest Country estates and parklands.
'Paul has been painting distinctive and energetic oil paintings of British and European Mammals for many years.
His artwork has been nationally distributed by publishers and he has won many awards along the way. He has been voted as a top selling artist on three occasions by UK galleries and framers at art industry awards.
Painting from his cabin on the border of the Peak District, Paul draws his inspiration from the surrounding Countryside, notably the woods and plains of Cheshire or the stunning landscapes, moors and valleys of the Peak National Park. A rainy sky or frost bitten morning also hold great appeal. It’s from times and places like these where he can encounter most of his subject matter of hare, fox, badger and deer.
In the summer of 2014, Paul began his journey to take the wild to the wire, creating his first sculpture of a giant running hare made from galvanized steel wire.
“I always wanted to try my hand at large scale 3D work. I haven’t received any art training, so I just sat down in the garden with a coil of strong wire in one hand and a pair of pliers in the other. I thought I would begin with the head as a starting point. I then went on to create a skeletal shape outlining bone structure, muscle and movement before layering wire in parts to create the hare’s essence. Two months later, the hare was the size of a race horse”.
The hare was named, “Farahop”, after a competition at a local primary school. Since then he has been displayed outside Buxton’s Devonshire Dome, which boasts the largest unsupported dome in Europe and in the formal gardens at the National Trust’s Lyme Hall in Cheshire. So popular was Paul’s first sculpture, he has already been requested to undertake a pair of life size rutting stags.
Paul has his own art gallery on Park Lane in Poynton, Cheshire and his artwork can be seen and obtained through selected galleries, at art fairs and exhibitions and through his website. Paul’s signed greeting cards can also be purchased through a selection of the regions National Trust properties and other tourist attractions.'
The exhibition runs through November, so come along and make a date to visit the beautiful village of Cromford and its stunning Studio and Art Gallery run by water colour Artist, Martin Sloman. Opening times are from 10am – 5pm, Wednesdays to Sundays.
Unit 4 Howards
The Market Place
Open Wed – Sunday, 10am to 5pm
Telephone: 01629 826434