"I trained at Bath Academy of Art and have lived and worked in North Wiltshire as a teacher and artist for about 40 years.
I have exhibited widely in the UK throughout this time and my work is in many private collections.
My working process is driven by discovery rather than plan. This often starts when I find, by chance, an object, place, image or situation which resonates in some as yet indefinable way.
Typically I will draw in 2D and 3D, paint, write about, film, sound record, and any other exploratory means to find some reasons for the attraction and to make some objectives. The drive to make art derives from childhood. When young all experiences are first experiences and therefore have the deepest and most lasting effect. As one grows experiences are increasingly repeats.
Here are some elements and qualities which either typically influence or are included in my art : colour, people, questions, structures, mystery, ambiguity, paradox, nostalgia, humour, absurdity, solitude, process, openness, excitement, disturbance, pathos.
The drive to make art derives from childhood. When young all experiences are first experiences and therefore have the deepest and most lasting effect. As one grows experiences are increasingly repeats.
My outcomes are most often paintings, which may result from developmental work in drawing, collage, composition and three dimensions. They tend to be scenarios for interpretation rather than descriptions to be understood.
I constantly remind myself that art is so serious and life is so short that making art must be fun. Naturally fun has a price - routine and the rigorous practice of drawing."
- Paul Deacon