From a struggling artist to a hugely successful name in contemporary art, Paul Horton has become renowned for his wonderful array of lively characters and street scenes. His colourful pieces offer universal themes of childhood, work and nature that appeal to people of all ages.
History and Background
For as long as he can remember, Paul has wanted to be an artist. After studying drawing and painting at the Bourneville School of Art, he set out on a career within the printing industry. During this time, he developed his fine art and illustration skills, regularly selling and exhibiting his work.
In the autumn of 1997, he became a professional artist and for the first time ever was able to devote all of his time and energy to his one main passion: art. The following summer, Paul held a major one-man retrospective exhibition entitled All in a Life's Work, which represented his artistic journey. In October 2013, his debut museum exhibition, Love & Hope, took place at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
Paul continues to delight his collectors with his energetic pieces and is one of our most popular artists.
Ideas and Inspirations
Growing up in working-class Birmingham in the 60s and 70s gave Paul both his identity and a bank of memories to draw upon. The working man in Paul's industrial street scenes is an iconic figure who reflects the industrial age and could be found in any city or town.
With each piece, Paul feels he is on a journey, creating a new image whilst forming a unique and inspired view of the world.
As he started painting at such a young age, he cannot recall a definitive point of inspiration. However, at the age of 10 he was inspired by the Pre-Raphaelites, and his early paintings were figurative studies in this style. He has always enjoyed the challenge of drawing and painting people, and within each piece tries to capture the individual personlities of his characters.
Life is a mosaic of contrasting memories, and we all encounter a multitude of emotions; from joy to sorrow, from the nostalgic to the magical. These experiences are the foundation of Paul's artworks, offering universal themes which he hopes will appeal to popular imagination.