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11/10/2015

Paul Horton

Paul Horton is a hugely successful name in contemporary art. He has become renowned for the wonderful array of characters and street scenes, offering universal themes that appeal to people of all ages and in all walks of life. Paul has often been described as a modern day Lowry with many of his paintings becoming instantly recognisable.
The Art of the Storyteller

Born 1958, Harborne, Birmingham
History & Background

Looking back on my childhood it seems I was always drawing and painting, I think it was my destiny to become an artist. By the mid-seventies I was taking my art very seriously and studied Life Drawing and History of Art at Bournville School of Art, I also began exhibiting my work at regular intervals. I was awarded a Certficate of Merit in 1976 by the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists which gave me my first critical acclaim and in a strange way seemed to seal my fate adding to my determination and desire to become a professional artist. My early work was in a different style to what you see today and I would describe myself as a figurative artist. Growing up in the industrial heartlands of Birmingham during the sixties and seventies has given me so many memories to draw upon, it has also given me my identity and working class ethic which has had a profound influence on my work to the present day. A major breakthrough occured in 2001 when I was first published by Washington Green, which saw my new style of work launched to over 200 galleries across the UK, quickly followed by my first tour “Homes & Hearts”. The feedback I get from my collectors has become a really important aspect of my artistic development, and although my tours are hard work, it means so much to me to find out why people are enjoying my paintings so much, and also what my art means to them in relation to their own experiences in life.
Ideas & Inspirations

My distinctive paintings are informed by a love of colour, influenced by artists such as Degas, for his wonderful pastel studies and great sense of composition and Chagall, who created his own world of myth and magic drawing on his own recollections and experiences, which is something I like to do with my own work. By the mid-eighties I was looking for new inspirations and unusual subject matter to draw. I visited the puppet theatre at the Midland Art Centre and was given access to a storeroom of puppets and marionettes down in the basement. What I found laid out before me was a world lost in time, shrouded under a cloud of dust. I felt I had been given a key to a magical kingdom and my aim was to bring this world to life. In the first paintings I produced the puppets still had their strings, only later did I release them from their bonds creating my own assortment of characters and the beginnings of the world you see today.
From Palette to Picture

Each and every painting begins its life as a small sketch, a visual reference captured in a fleeting moment. Working and playing with these ideas are critical to all of the paintings and I’m often amazed how closely the finished work mirrors these visual notes. I work from my imagination as much as possible and having chosen my subject matter I begin to work on the composition, and already have a strong idea in my mind of how the final painting will look. I work on grey pastel paper which I mount onto board; this allows me full control of the tonal values, I use a variety of high quality pastels, blending and drawing on the surface of the paper creating the vibrancy of colour and atmosphere inherrent in my work. There is no greater thrill than seeing the finished painting, having created something that never existed, I have a great sense of pride in my work.
A Day in the Life

I’ve always been an early bird and can be found almost every morning in my studio from around 7am. I like to spend a few minutes assessing the previosuly days paintings and with a strong cup of coffee to hand I try to get myself in the right frame of mind to begin the days work. I often have music playing in the background, and vary the atmosphere with occasional sessions of classical music or something more contemporary. I work on one painting at a time and set myself daily targets to keep up with the demand for my original artwork. It is really important to have a reaction and receive feedback to what I have created, I try to spend as much quality time as possible with my son Mark, who as well as being a fellow artist understands my work like no-one else, I value his reaction, assessment and support – we enjoy each others company and he is the most important part of my life. In the evening I like to relax with a glass of wine and maybe the muse will arrive and bring with her new ideas and inspirations.
Awards

1976 Certifcate of Merit – Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Youthscape Exhibition

2003 Finalist Best Up & Coming Published Artist – Fine Art Trade Guild

2004 Finalist Best Up & Coming Published Artist – Fine Art Trade Guild

2005 Finalist Best-selling Published Artist – Fine Art Trade Guild

The Link: Paul Horton Paintings

 

 

On Long Winter Days

On Long Winter Days

Safe _ Sound - Night

Safe _ Sound - Night

Far Beyond Forever

Far Beyond Forever

Follow In My Footsteps

Follow In My Footsteps

Here Comes Trouble

Here Comes Trouble

Our Happy Home

Our Happy Home

Here Comes Summer

Here Comes Summer

Here For You

Here For You

Days Of Love

Days Of Love

Life _ Times

Life _ Times

Man Of Snow

Man Of Snow

Cold Hands Warm Hearts

Cold Hands Warm Hearts

Captain Sunshine

Captain Sunshine

Its My Life

Its My Life

Snowbound

Snowbound

The Open Road

The Open Road

The Lost Kingdom

The Lost Kingdom

Stepping Out

Stepping Out

The Skys The Limit

The Skys The Limit

Time Spent With You

Time Spent With You

A Free Spirit

A Free Spirit

Down Our Street

Down Our Street

On A Magical Winters Eve

On A Magical Winters Eve

No Place Like Home 2

No Place Like Home 2

Spirit of Summer

Spirit of Summer

City Boy

City Boy

Gift Of Love

Gift Of Love

In My Hour Of Need

In My Hour Of Need

All In A Life_s Work

All In A Life_s Work

Let Love Shine

Let Love Shine

Heart _ Soul

Heart _ Soul

Grandad_s World

Grandad_s World

Summer

Summer

Heart Of The City

Heart Of The City

London Calling

London Calling

River Of Dreams

River Of Dreams

Somewhere Down the Road

Somewhere Down the Road

Downhill Racers

Downhill Racers

On Rainbow Days

On Rainbow Days

To Be With You Again

To Be With You Again

Moon River

Moon River

The Goodnight Kiss

The Goodnight Kiss

 
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