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“Although on first appearance it seems to be a pure abstract, ‘Mud & Wrinkles’ is actually a close up portrait of an African elephant. I am fascinated by texture and specifically the texture of skin on some of the larger mammals such as elephants and rhino, especially some of those tiny flecks of mud and stone which crack and dry and sit uneasily on the behemoth’s skin.”
– Paul Fearn
Paul is a contemporary wildlife artist living in Horsham, and four-time finalist in the David Shepherd ‘Wildlife Artist of the Year’ competition. Paul works with sheets of metal which he carefully corrodes to create controlled patinas, revealing portraits of wildlife both above and under the sea.
The focus of his artwork is on texture and composition, and whilst his work is figurative, the method of rendering the image by ‘rusting’ the metal leans it towards the semi-abstract. The image is secondary to the process of using different chemical elements to draw the forms, colours and patterns out of the metal itself.
Paul is an avid diver with hundreds of dives in most of the world’s oceans, and is an avid conservationist, regularly donating a percentage of the profit from his artwork to environmental charities.