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.


Recent Exhibitions:

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

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

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

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

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

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