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Paul Newman - Drawing and Poetry 'Netted in a Silver Mist'

  • Clevedon School Sixth Form Centre Valley Road Clevedon, BS21 6AH United Kingdom (map)

Paul will be talking about 'the working process and benefits of collaboration between artists and writers' .

"I was born in Lichfield, Staffordshire and now live in Frome, Somerset, prior to that, south Somerset and Poole, Dorset. After completing A-Levels at Poole Grammar School, I went on to an art foundation at Shelley Park, Bournemouth and graduated from Falmouth College of Arts in 1995.

 As a graphic fine artist, I work exclusively in graphite and am interested by detail, texture and tone inspired by elements of the ancient landscape and stories of Wessex.

 I create my drawings by research into the nature and history of places that interest me; this could involve geology, ecology, historical remains or natural history. Walking is an important part of my working process, getting to know a particular area well and understanding how it was shaped. Much of my work comes from places that have a historical meaning or personal significance to me and the work is mostly a response to being affected by memory or experience. I am keen to make links between places that I find and the stories that fashioned them. I use poetry, maps and nature writing as stimuli.

I am also interested in the way nature manifests itself on human objects and how it abstracts these forms, such as overgrown remains, weathering, seasonal change and decay. I look for evidence of human activity changing landscapes into places, creating unique locations which can affect, uplift or threaten.

 My work has been exhibited in various galleries across the South West, including the Bath Society of Artists and the Royal West of England Academy as well as in London with the Society of Graphic Fine Arts. I also had work selected for the 2015 Evolver Prize.

I work as a trustee at Black Swan Arts in Frome and helped organise the 2015 Frome Open Studios Trail."

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Earlier Event: October 11
Tom Hughes - Painting from Life
Later Event: December 13
Christmas Social - A Diamond Christmas