Paul Finn artist at the Aubrey Art Gallery

The Aubrey Art Gallery

Paul Finn

Paul Finn
Now based in Essex, painter and printmaker Paul Finn grew up in Yorkshire and studied Fine Art initially at Ravensbourne College of Art and then gained a place to study postgraduate Fine Art at the Slade School of Art in London. After this he was was appointed Brinkley Fellow at Norwich School of Art. He has been painting and teaching for 35 years. Since graduating his work has been exhibited at a wide variety of galleries in the UK, including the Hayward and Whitechapel galleries and the Russell Coates Museum. He has exhibited in the USA, Europe and Asia in both private galleries and with the support of the British Council. He is a gallery artist at the Rowley Gallery in London, the Minster Gallery in Winchester and the Water Street Gallery in Yorkshire, and is delighted to be represented at the Aubrey Gallery. He has recently exhibited with the New English Art Club and the Royal Institute of Watercolour Painters at the Mall Galleries in London. Paul is a member of the `The Arborealists`

Paul writes about his work:
"My paintings and prints always begin with a specific observed experience. A landscape visited and walked across and deeply felt will generate work.I am usually attracted by the atmosphere, structure and patterns I see in the landscape. These things will jump start a lengthy creative process which is emotional, physical and intellectual. My paintings are not topographical accounts of places, I am not an en plein air painter; they are rather images which are done in the tranquility of my studio from drawings and memory. Like Bonnard I find painting in front of the landscape impossible. When I am away from the place I wish to paint, my mind can filter out information which is of no use to me. I love the uncertainties of oil paint, and I relish the variety of often quite sophisticated strategies you need to manage and manipulate paint. I love to layer, scrape away, cancel out, repaint and rearrange elements of my work. I feel free to move away from topographical reality when I am painting. Ultimately I expect to reinvent the initial exhilaration experienced in the landscape. I try to achieve a visual cohesion in my work and want my decisions to be visible on the surface of each painting"