We don't know whether to be impressed or insanely jealous when Paul sends us some photographs of his new, purpose-built studio (to be honest, it's probably a bit of both). Nestled inside an old gasworks that was built in 1868, the awe-inspiring artspace is now the perfect setting for the cityscape painter to create his dazzling pieces.
“It is a dream come true for me to have a studio which I designed to paint in,” the artist reveals. “I have kept the integrity of the building, leaving the old features and incorporating the old with the new.”
Paul passed the disused area every day for 12 years on the way to his original studio, which was located near Keele University Science & Business Park. He always thought it would make an amazing artspace, and over the years, he imagined how he would design it while maintaining its original character.
The stained glass window was created by a master craftsman named Jeff Harland. Paul designed the industrial steelwork and concrete floor while keeping the original brick walls, which date back to the 19th century. He adds: “We came up with the exploded wheel idea together. It looks fantastic when the morning light streams through the different-coloured glass.”
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