Art in the Heart of the Bastakiya, Dubai.
The desert landscape surrounding Dubai and the lush Hajar Mountains inspire many of the works; particularly the small, coastal enclave of Oman, the Mussandam with its stunning rock faces that through the process of time have produced a diversity of patterns, colours and shapes. Signs of ancient and present dwellings exist, mainly fishing villages that seem to merge into the mountains. Painting out in the landscape in is a great inspiration; the moods of the sea, the big skies, deserts changing colour through the day, The tools Paul uses are brushes, pallet knives, large paint scrapers and quite often his hands. Paint is applied and quite often scraped off then reapplied until he can feel his way into the painting. This process can sometimes take awhile before something starts to happen on the canvas. He aims not to start a painting with too many preconceptions thus allowing for the work to change and develop with as much freedom as possible. In his words “A painting is a … [Read More...]