‘My training as an historic buildings architect has fostered an inquisitiveness about the stories buildings, and places encapsulate in the very fabric we see every day.
That training has also given me an academic framework in which to consider ‘significance’ and ‘risk to significance’, albeit from an architect’s point of view.
Our built environment is a mine of information about cultural drivers and change. It is a repository of evidence including destruction and the deliberate wiping away of the past. It is continuously undergoing loss and erosion of not only the physical but also of meaning.
But the evidence is there, waiting to be exposed and re-interpreted.
I am concerned that in a world of instant imaging, dislocation of context and ever-changing cultural values we are in danger, to quote Baudrillard, of arriving at a stage of ‘more and more information: less and less meaning’.
My work seeks out that evidence by visiting and researching; recording my impressions in sketches and photographs of what triggers a sense of place and time.
I will know something of the historical background but will draw in response to what I find, often focusing on texture, pattern, light, architecture, decay and erosion, and present threats. I want to shine a spotlight on what we often walk past without a second glance.
My current works are centred around a visit to Venice during the recent appaling floods where I sketched in my wellies, as the floodwaters ebbed and flowed over the priceless fabric of that magical city.
As a printmaker, I am interested in the more direct mark-making techniques, where the process can bring added dimensions to the original theme. Lithography, in all its diverse form, and laser engraving from my on-site drawings are often combined using a limited pallet of colours.’
Paul is a member of the MA Camberwell Printmakers 2020. ‘We are a group of contemporary artist who share a passion for print. Our aims are to share diverse styles and techniques which explore the limitless possibilities of printmaking, to inspire and engage with a wide audience and to build global connections through ideas and images. The group is international and collaborative with artist from Spain, South America, Hungary and UK.’
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