Paul was originally trained in ceramics and lithography at Stourbridge College of Art and while pursuing his career as a teacher, in which he was Head of Art and Design at Shenley Court School for thirty years, he established a pottery workshop at home, exhibiting and selling work in various outlets.
In 1984 he attended an NSEAD print weekend at Westhill College where Michael Rothenstein was the keynote speaker. From that point on he has been a Printmaker, initially producing woodcuts, but after a few becoming interested in experimental ways of creating images with collagraph and developing ways of combining print techniques such as relief prints and monopoint, collagraph and woodcut and photo-silk screen with collagraph.
Much of his latest work has been relief prints, with the colours applied by soft roller through paper stencils. The key block, which contains the image, is then printed over the top. He has also produced a series of dry-point prints, where the images are usually brooding and atmospheric.
Although responding to a variety of starting points for his work, he frequently returns to industrial subjects. This stems from his Black Country background and a lifelong fascination with the architecture of the canals and heavy industry. Several years ago Paul was one of a group of RBSA artists who put together an exhibition entitled ‘Black Country Visions’, which was first shown at the RBSA Gallery and subsequently at Dudley and Wednesbury Municipal Art galleries.
In recent years this interest has focussed on the Cornish mining industry with its wide range of visually rich sites. This resulted in an exhibition with three other artists at the RBSA Gallery in 2009, entitled ‘Cornish Connections’.
His current work is a series of relief prints re-visiting the canal system in the Midlands.
Paul regularly teaches print workshops to school and adult groups.
In 2005 he was awarded the Addenda Prize in the RBSA Prize Exhibition.
In 2006 he was awarded the Tregoning Prize at the Derby City Open.
Paul has exhibited his work widely and in 2010 a piece of his work was selected for the ‘Originals’ print exhibition at London’s Mall Gallery.
2010 year won a Hawthorn Printmaker Prize at the RBSA Print Biennial Exhibition.
Recently he was awarded second prize in the 2011 RBSA Prize Exhibition
RA Summer Exhibition 2011
‘Bite’ Print Exhibition, Mall Gallery 2011.
His work is in private collections in the UK and other countries. Dudley MBC Museum and Art Gallery Permanent Collection.
A copy of his artist’s book, ‘Torrent Walk’, is in the Library Collection at the Centre for Fine Print Research, Bristol.
Paul was elected as a Member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists in 2001 where his work can be regularly seen.
He has been the Hon. Curator of the RBSA Gallery since 2001 where he is responsible for the exhibition calendar and the staging of exhibitions.