"The paintings which emerge from Paul's time in India amplify that sense of colour leaping from the canvas - the rich textures of verdant foliage, the humid warmth of the air, the dripping fullness of the trees. Water is a recurrent element, reflecting and intensifying the life which throngs through the paintings. And just as these images are vibrant with adventure and personal narrative, so they are peopled with figures who emerge from the landscape to tell their own stories; working, walking, worshipping, dancing. At times the paintings burst the confines of their own canvasses, affixed to larger boards which allow them to continue expanding, shrines at the centre of a world which is fruitful and multiplying.
There is nothing 'touristy' here; this is the work of someone who has immersed himself in these landscapes, succumbed to them, become intoxicated by them. They are overwhelmingly positive and life-affirming. A painting of trees over water shimmers and shifts, the colours constantly rearranging themselves, reflections moving as if still fluid. I think that's what I love most about Paul's work - the sense that each painting is still growing, still evolving, still finding its own story. I could look at them for hours, days, years. I am sure you will feel the same."
Mark Kermode, April 2015
Mark Kermode was writing about Paul's exhibition at Campden Gallery "Stories from the Banyan Tree" which continues until 31 May in Chipping Campden, Gloucester.
But many of those statements could apply equally to his seascapes currently on show in our Between Land and Sea exhibition which runs until 27th June. Painting in Penzance you can feel the ferocity of the storms lashing the coastline, coming to life as the sun streams through the gallery windows, picking out the colours as the clouds sweep across:
"There is nothing 'touristy' here; this is the work of someone who has immersed himself in these landscapes, succumbed to them, become intoxicated by them."
We couldn't agree more.
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