Paul Wadsworth CV statement
The memories of India and the art of performance.
Travel and Performance have played a major part in the development of my work.
Having travelled extensively in the Middle East, showing works in Dubai and Muscat, the Arabic culture and its landscape have become a big part of what my work is about. Although still a big influence the more recent travels in India have become a great source of colour and story telling possibilities for new work
The colour and chaos the sacredness and serenity the beauty and the profane.
I fell in love with this country and to work on canvases when back in the studio in Cornwall is a constant flow of memories and colour.
I paint whilst travelling and keep sketch books of quick observational drawings which serve to jog my memory back in the studio and to just place the image in my head.
My process back in the studio is to work on a number of canvases at the same time. Starting with no specific idea the paintings grow as the story emerges from the paint. I tend to bounce from one painting to another finding colours that work creating a rhythm throughout.
I’m looking forward to travelling and painting more extensively in India in the coming year.
Performance of all kinds has always been of interest to me. Personally I have always been involved with playing in bands and love the energy of a live event, be it the time spent backstage or on the stage.
Performance can mean many things the actor the singer or the inner performer I believe we all have.
Having been involved with festivals over many years, watching and sometimes participating, I have built up memories and a catalogue of images to create from including the circus, Burlesque, dance, theatre, street entertainers and the general essence of carnival.
The works I produce from these experiences are sometimes from life or other times are the memories of an event.
Recently I have been painting live on stage to a performance of David Bowie songs. The event, called the Bowie lounge, involves theatre, dance and music. My response is to the theatrical and to the images from the lyrics of the songs.
Also the continuous project I’m working on, the Black Cloth project, deals with peoples inner performance.
Posing in a black cloth in my studio, the participants have the freedom to be and to do whatever they feel, producing some gt performance and theatre from which I am able to produce paintings from.
India is a gt source of performance. I spent one great evening watching and drawing dancers from Rajasthan. The movement, sounds and colour exploded into my head and have led to numerous works being produced.
Fine art degree.. Falmouth Art College 1996
Solo shows and group shows
Majlis Gallery Dubai.. 2000-2017 shows and residencies
Bait Munza gallery Muscat Oman 2004-2014
Campden gallery solo shows 2008-2017
Kings road gallery London solo shows 2007-2011
Janet Rady fine art London-Middle East
Tresco gallery Isles Scilly
Beside the wave gallery Falmouth 2004-2016
Cricket gallery London 2015-2017
Collections- Marks and Spencers 2012
Barclays bank Dubai 2010
St levan Estate Cornwall 2014-2017
A Paul Wadsworth painting hangs in our living room – a shard of sunlight leaping up from a Cornish moor, a bright streak of yellow bursting from an earthy Celtic landscape. The painting changes during the day; as the light shifts around it the image seems to dance, a bold swathe of dark green coming in and out of focus, the clouds in the sky billowing and rearranging. Sometimes I can see figures moving along the ridgeway at the point where the land meets the sky. At other times, I just see an explosion of colour.
The paintings which emerge from Paul’s time in India amplify that sense of colour leaping from the canvas - the rich textures of verdant foliage, the humid warmth of the air, the dripping fullness of the trees. Water is a recurrent element, reflecting and intensifying the life which throngs through the paintings. And just as these images are vibrant with adventure and personal narrative, so they are peopled with figures who emerge from the landscape to tell their own stories; working, walking, worshipping, dancing. At times the paintings burst the confines of their own canvasses, affixed to larger boards which allow them to continue expanding, shrines at the centre of a world which is fruitful and multiplying.
There is nothing ‘touristy’ here; this is the work of someone who has immersed himself in these landscapes, succumbed to them, become intoxicated by them. They are overwhelmingly positive and life-affirming. A painting of trees over water shimmers and shifts, the colours constantly rearranging themselves, reflections moving as if still fluid. I think that’s what I love most about Paul’s work – the sense that each painting is still growing, still evolving, still finding its own story. I could look at them for hours, days, years. I am sure you will feel the same.
Ever since my early twenties I have wanted to visit and explore the magical place of Banyan trees, Temples, deities, colour, architecture, festivities, Tigers, Monkeys and Elephants. These are just a few offerings that that tell the story of India.
Over the past fifteen years I have painted and traveled extensively in the United Arab Emirates and Oman showing works in Dubai and Muscat but felt it was now the right time to finally head for India.
My first trip took me to the west coast .
For one month I spent time traveling by moped, taxis , boats and buses exploring the amazing diversity of landscape and culture. Carrying a sketchbook, acrylics and watercolours I started to make my first impressions of India on paper.
Multicoloured temples and white churches sit amongst the palm trees that run alongside the rivers splitting the landscape. Everywhere you looked would be some colour. The ladies saris, the decorated cow, the musician playing for money or the bustling markets selling flowers.
I try to find the power of story telling in a painting and in India its to be found in abundance.
Over the stay I worked on many sketches and smaller location based works. These were the beginnings and memories for paintings to come.
Once home I started work on much larger canvases with oils and the stories began. Each painting gradually finding its own way and revealing parts of the personnel journey that I intend to continue over the years to come.