Like the Impressionist painters before him, Paul evokes moods and emotions with his colours, free shapes and dripped lines. Famed for his dazzling cityscapes, he effortlessly captures the hustle and bustle of the city.
Painting en plein air, Paul paints in layers until he senses the desired atmosphere. Starting with pale tones in the distance and building up to darker tones in the foreground creates a feeling of depth. The textured application forms a cityscape that is abstracted by energetic paint drips and the depiction of buildings as block shapes and gestural lines.
He has recently experimented with metal, which reveals his fascination with natural light. Exposed metal projects the change in light throughout the day, transforming the piece as the viewer walks past and adding a shifting perspective.
Paul says: “I aim to transport the viewer. I’m on the constant lookout for energetic locations and inspiration, immersing myself in the fast-paced movement.”
Paul's purpose-built studio is housed inside an old gasworks that dates back to 1868 and features stained glass windows, industrial steelwork and original brick walls. However, to capture the true feel of the city, he starts his sketches outside.
He explains: "Shadows move fast and light sources appear and disappear in seconds, giving me moments to record what I see. My head is bursting with ideas for paintings, and there's just not enough time in the day to paint them all. Whilst going through sketchbooks, I can rekindle the emotions and feelings of a particular scene.
“I paint in layers to create form until I can sense the atmosphere I want, and the structures start to emerge. To keep the piece fresh and spontaneous, I stop before it gets too fussy and crowded."
Metallique demonstrates a shift in both Paul’s style and medium of choice. Painted onto sheet metal, the pieces are an exciting tangent to his already impressive portfolio. Our exhibition will showcase a range of original and limited edition works by the popular contemporary artist.
Metallique demonstrates a shift in both Paul’s style and medium of choice. Painted onto sheet metal, the pieces are an exciting tangent to his already impressive portfolio. Join us to chat to the artist about his techniques and inspirations.
Paul Kenton’s latest collection of original work affirms his reputation as the master of the modern cityscape.
Paul Kenton has returned for 2017 with his stunning new body of work, Metallique. Taking an exciting new direction, the collection abandons his favoured choice of canvas and instead captures striking city landscapes using sheet metal.
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