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Paul Corfield

Born: Bournemouth
Lives and works: Dorset
Awards: Aesthetica Art Prize (longlisted, 2015)
Exhibitions: Royal Institute of Oil Painters
“My paintings are a visual experience. After all, a painting is there to be looked at - not read.”

Paul’s charming landscapes are fuelled by his imagination and the Dorset landscape. After enjoying a varied career including stints as an airbrush artist and within the aerospace industry, he decided to devote himself to his true passion: art.

Inspiration

As a child, Paul became fascinated by the flawless effects that can be achieved with an airbrush after watching his father spray-paint radio-controlled models. Through experimenting with pin-up painting, short animations and 3D modelling software, he discovered his own organic style.

To create his pieces, Paul sketches his concept on paper before gridding this out onto a smooth canvas. Applying a sepia wash brings warmth to the surface before one or two layers of oil paint are added using Kolinsky sable-hair brushes. Drawing upon his love for the Dorset landscape, Paul creates an imaginary focal point and builds a landscape around it.

Paul says: “To me, the Dorset countryside perfectly typifies idyllic rolling hills, leafy lanes, farmers’ fields and hedgerows. I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.”

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Inside the world of Paul Corfield

Paul works from his home studio in the heart of the Dorset countryside. "Just the sound of a blackbird singing nearby is all I need," he says. "For a landscape painter, the sunrise and sunset  offer up the most potential to create a successful painting. This is because of the long shadows, warm light and wide range of contrast."

He first produces a small sketch – around 5-10cm – as a simple line drawing with no shading. He looks for an arrangement of shapes which will eventually fall into place. The colours evolve once he starts to paint the sky, with his main interest being how he can play with the light to evoke the viewer's emotions. 

Paul explains: “Something I really enjoy with every painting is layering the clouds, hills and trees to create depth. With lots of layers, you can use atmospheric effects to introduce new colours such as blues and purples into distant shadows. This can then be offset with the stronger contrast and bolder colours of the foreground."

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