An Exhibition of Artwork by Paul Bartlett
Waterston House, SOC Headquarters
8 April 2017
- 24 May 2017
Time: 10am - 4pm daily
Price: Free entry
The Donald Watson Gallery is delighted to welcome back Paul Bartlett and his new Exhibition of Work. Paul is a self-taught artist with a PhD in animal behaviour. Previously an elected member of the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) he won Artist of the Year in 2006 and the Langford Press award in 2012 at their annual exhibition at London’s Mall Galleries. He has twice been a category winner and overall runner-up in the David Shepherd “Wildlife Artist of the Year” competition (2009 and 2010) and winner of the British Birds category for the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year in 2009. His work has featured in numerous art publications and several books.
Painting for a living allows Paul the time and opportunity to enjoy his passion for nature and the outdoors. His favourite pastimes include exploring wildernesses such as mountains and coast by land, sea or air. “I don’t generally go out hunting for subjects for my work; inevitably when I do, I don’t find anything! I just enjoy being outdoors and if I happen upon something interesting, such as an otter or a seal, I have my sketchbook handy. Or if out in my kayak, I’ll take photographs and then refer to these back in the studio where I add my own impression to create the finished piece.” Paul’s signature style is to tear up pieces of bird and wildlife magazines to create a collage backdrop, onto which he adds his subject, using acrylic paint. In recent years, he has reverted to less ‘text’ in the collages and more coloured paper, thanks to addressing a temporary shortage of magazines with enough colour images! Offcuts from the collage process don’t go to waste, with any scrap paper stored in a bucket and eventually turned into papier mâché for creating some of his larger, more abstract pieces, particularly seascapes.
A regular exhibitor at Waterston House, Paul has also held major solo exhibitions throughout the UK, including exhibitions at the prestigious Mall Galleries in London. He has also exhibited in the US, France, and Poland.
Paul’s exhibition at the centre opens on Saturday 8 April and runs until Wednesday 24 May 2017. Waterston House is open seven days a week, 10am – 4pm. Entry is free and open to all.