Paul Fenwick

Although the human form is my core subject I have moved steadily away from representational painting, allowing the medium to entirely direct the creation of the image. The form is allowed to organically emerge from the paint, revealing a solid human presence. This kind of image is more accessible and open to individual interpretation by the viewer than traditional portraiture, and also seems to communicate on a wider and deeper level.

I see absolutely no reason to begin work knowing exactly what is going to happen. I want to be surprised during the creative process and also long after the event. This can only be achieved by working quickly, intuitively and in the moment, avoiding reliable techniques and knowing when to move on to something else.

Paint is a material that can convey much more than just visual information, when understood and used with feeling. Like playing music, it is not just about playing the right notes in the right order. Painting without feeling becomes an exercise in pure technique and ultimately means nothing.


Brighton Art Fair, Sept 2016
The Jam Factory, Oxford, Aug 31st -Oct 2nd 2016
Veronica Stewart Arts Trust, Studio 53, Salisbury 2016
"Dis-Locate" Magdalen Road Studios, Oxford 2016
Oxford International Art Fair, 2016
"The Waiting Room", 44AD, Bath 2016

Flux, Royal College of Art, Kensington 2015
Frome Art Fair, Rook Lane, Frome 2015
"CHROMA", Studio 53, Salisbury 2015
The Other Art Fair, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol 2015

"Linear", Studio 53, Salisbury 2014
Cultivate Gallery, Vyner St, London 2014

“Eight”, Smith & Williamson, Salisbury 2013
“New Visions III”, Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol 2013
“Recent Work”, Studio 53, Salisbury 2013
“Red Revised”, Cultivate Gallery, Vyner St, London 2013

Fringe Arts Festival, Bath 2012
“Figure One”, Studio 53, Salisbury 2012

Store Street Gallery London 2011
“Hidden Portraits” View Gallery, Bristol 2011