The Village Gallery, York, 4th of March to 13th of April
Paul is having an exhibition preview evening on the 4th of March from 5pm to 8pm at the Village Gallery in York. Everyone is welcome, come along to meet Paul and view his most recent original watercolours. The exhibition will be running for six weeks.
Please call in and view a range of different landscapes, from the Pennines, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. He will also have some monotone paintings on display as well as cards and prints.
'Halifax Town Hall'
Paul was awarded 'Professional Artist of the Year 2015 ' in the Society for all Artists 'Artist of the Year Awards'.
The SAA is the most influential and far-reaching society of its kind anywhere in the world. With an ever growing membership of enthusiastic and professional artists (over 45,000 members at the last count), it is the largest art society in the world.
Paul's painting of ‘Halifax Town Hall’ which secured the title for him, was painted in watercolour; a medium which Paul specialises in. The painting was completed using sketches and photos taken after he had visited the scene. Halifax Town Hall is an exceptional architectural building designed by Sir Charles Barry, who also designed the Houses of Parliament.
"It is a local place that I have admired all my life; somewhere I've always wanted to paint. I tried to create more impact and emphasise the focal point of the beautiful Town Hall in the centre, adding some warm evening light hitting the buildings. I also added reflections suggesting it had just rained to create more atmosphere." The painting was exhibited at the 'It's all about art' event, the biggest of its kind in the UK, held at the Business Design Centre in London where Paul was invited to attend to accept his award.
Congratulating Paul on his award, the judging panel commented that his exceptional watercolour painting stood out amongst candidates. The 'SAA Artist of the Year' award attract entries from all over the world. Previous winners have included paintings from Malta, New Zealand, Oman, Brazil, Norway, USA and many other countries including the UK. The standard of the work considered for this year’s selection was outstanding, and this prestigious award had been whittled down from over 6,000 entries worldwide.
In May 2016 Paul was chosen as a reserve artist for the 'Sky Landscape Artist of the Year 2016' program, which involved him spending 2 days at Wray Castle in the Lake District where he painted a large landscape looking towards Ambleside from Wray Castle.
In October Paul was asked to present a live broadcast watercolour demonstration from the SAA headquarters in Nottinghamshire. He painted the Town Hall in Halifax which won him the award. You can see the live demonstration by clicking on the link below.