Bristol, England *1971
n my painting practice I love the physical qualities of paint (particularly oil paint) and the myriad of textures, light effects, colour and illusions that you can achieve with them on a flat surface. So while my work represents objects in the real world, I strive to give the painted surfaces of my works an intensity and physical presence.
Paul Ayers studied Fine Art at Falmouth School of Art and Design, UK in the 1990s. He has exhibited his work in the Royal Cornwall Museum, Falmouth Art Gallery, Business Design Centre, Islington, Royal College of Art, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, the Royal West of England Academy of Art and the ING Discerning Eye exhibition. He is primarily a painter, although also explores ideas through printmaking and alternative photography (screenprinting, collagraphy and cyanotype). In his painting practice he explores the physical qualities of oil paint and the myriad variety of textures, light effects, colour and illusions that you can achieve with them on a flat surface. So, while his work represents objects in the real world, he strives to give the painted surfaces of his works an intensity and physical presence. He uses photographic references (his own, sometimes found, imagery) to construct imaginary places that could be real but have a heightened sense of emotion and atmosphere. Influences include Peter Doig, Peter Blake, Caspar David Friedrich and Peter Howson. He is particularly interested in the idea of juxtaposition - such as setting artificial, man-made structures and elements against natural landscapes, so that objects seem out of place and "surreal".
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