Born in Bristol, I am a self-taught painter specialising in my own Abstract Architectural style, this year I will be showing a selection of new work that develops my alternative view of the built environment, with undertones of confinement, claustrophobia and the inability to escape, key repetitive themes.
New work on display draws inspiration from Modernist Architecture with “A Shard is Born” my take on the emergence of extreme buildings from within the low-rise urban environment. “A long way home” positions the viewer within a lunar base looking back at Planet Earth and “Underpass II” revisits a common theme of dominant structures, the claustrophobia within the built environment and the impact of structures on human feelings and emotional responses.
One area of interest is the legacy of the original World Trade Centre and the impact of the memory of this iconic building within the minds of the survivors of 9/11 reflected in a new work “Stuck in a memory you can’t get out of”. This new painting is a sister piece to an earlier work “Before Ground Zero”, which is also on display.
The impact of war on structures within Syria, with a focus on the devastation of the city of Aleppo is visualised in the work “Daybreak in Aleppo”, reflecting the skeletal framework of buildings, devoid of obvious signs of the human population.
Images of the urban environment are used with a key triptych entitled “The City: Escape Route/Road to Nowhere/Stairwell” which reflects the cityscape as a metaphor for depression with “Escape Route” the view from a tall building (suicidal thoughts), “Road to Nowhere”, the sense of being lost in a confusing state and place and “Stairwell”, visualising the early stage of recovery with many potential routes out of the illness (and the painting).
Other New Works include “Dystopia”, “Underpass II”, “A long way home”, “Disruption”, “Penetration”, “Encapsulation”, which along with other paintings are ALL ARE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE DURING THE NORTH BRISTOL ART TRAIL 2017 WEEKEND.
A selection of other work that features inspirations as diverse as the natural landscape, Pop Art and photography drawn from a wide range of interests and presented in a range of styles will also be on display.
Each year I like to focus on a one-off art project and this year, my inspiration is David Bowie with photomontage images under the title “Bowie is Everywhere”.
I will be selling a variety of original art works from prices beginning at a very affordable £25 and prints will also be available to purchase.
High Quality Prints are available of all of my work on display to special order (from Niche Frames, Stokes Croft). For details of costs, please ask.
The North Bristol Art Trail is a window into the world of local artists and shows the diversity of work being undertaken in the area. Support your local artists and community by attending this event and find inspiration – right on your doorstep!
I look forward to welcoming you to my venue and hope that you enjoy this years trail!
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Paul Davis 2017.