Paul J Best
1980 - 2000
Cheltenham Art College
Oxford Brookes University
Paul's work is principally focused on interpreting and expressing a sense of place. He seeks to express the unique quality of places... landscapes, seascapes and townscapes. He wants his work to be seen as joyous and uplifting, whilst reflecting the infinite beauty and value of the landscape in its widest sense.
Paul combines his work as an artist with his practice in landscape architecture and urban design. He has been working as an artist and landscape architect in Hampshire for the past thirty years, designing and creating a number of national award-winning public realm projects and initiatives which have included high profile public art works. These have been created in collaboration with a range of leading artists and also to his own designs.
For Paul, painting remains the most immediate and expressive of all artistic practices. He is drawn to painting mainly landscapes and seascapes but also has a love and great talent for creating abstract art. Paul has paintings in collections across the UK and in America, Switzerland, Spain, the Caribbean and Australia.
He particularly likes to create textured paintings and often incorporates gels and pastes and sometimes applies gold leaf. He mostly always incorporates reflective paints in the work to capture and reflect the light. He will usually combine the use of palette knife and soften this with brush work.
He is inspired by the enduring 'impressionist' masters: Turner, Klimt, Monet, Manet, Cezanne, Matisse, Pissaro and also the more contemporary landscape painters, Mackintosh, Hitchens, Manrique, Heron, Rae, Iden, Tress ... and he describes his paintings as broadly impressionistic.
All work is initialed on the front and signed on the back and is supplied with a signed certificate of authenticity. Most work will be corded and ready to hang. Paintings will be wrapped in bubble wrap and secured in strong cardboard packaging for delivery.