Paul Lewin - Curriculum Vitae
Paul Lewin was born in Manchester in 1967. He studied at Stockport College and went on to complete a BA (hons) degree in Fine Art at Bristol Polytechnic in 1989.
Since leaving college he has lived and worked in the South West of Britain, and he now resides in West Penwith, the western most tip of Cornwall. A fluent "en plein air" painter, his work has developed in response to the characteristic coastal fringes of the peninsular. In exploring its rugged coastlines and wild interiors of moorland and valleys, the resulting works evoke a strong sense of atmosphere, through a sensitivity to the changing light and weather conditions.
Of his working method the poet Christine Evans has written:
His relationship with landscape is intense; he seems absorbed, almost subsumed into it, driven by a restless energy that is characteristic of the sort of places he is drawn to - the extreme edges of land, jutting promontories and tidal shores where frontiers between land and sea are blurred and perspectives ever changing as the sky. His practice is to complete a painting at a single sitting if possible. Sometimes a piece will resolve itself quickly, in a couple of hours or so; more often, he will be working out in the open for five or six hours or until the light goes.
In October 1999 and June 2000 Paul spent time as resident Artist on Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island) situated off the coast of North Wales. This experience amongst a small and very remote farming and fishing community, culminated in an exhibition at Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw in North Wales during October 2000.
Whilst living near Bideford in North Devon, Paul began to use a locally historic pigment called "Bideford Black". This coal like seam ran close to his studio from the cliffs and on towards Bideford. By collecting the raw material, processing it into paints and pastels, and then returning to the landscape to work with it, he was able to achieve a deep level of connection with the local landscape. The Burton Art Gallery and Museum in Bideford has purchased one of these paintings for its permanent collection.
His paintings can be found in collections throughout the UK, Germany, Mexico, USA, Australia and the Far East. One recent commission includes six works for Cunard to be hung in their new cruise liner Queen Mary II, launched in 2004. Paul has taught a number of School groups on their field trips to the West Country, and he continues to exhibit throughout the Southwest, London and the UK.