Paul Burgess was born and bought up in the Wye Valley, near the market town of Chepstow. Having spent the eighties and nineties working mainly in pastels, after a chance meeting with two Buddhist nuns in 2003, he decided to spend several years in meditative retreat at a Buddhist monastery. And this experience has been influencing his art ever since. Here’s what Paul had to say to ArtGallery.co.uk about his work:
Describe a typical day in your life as an artist
Paul Burgess: I don’t really have a typical day, each day is different. I usually have several paintings on the go at any one time, so my day is determined by which one I`m working on and the stage it`s at.
I have to be in the right frame of mind to paint, it`s not something I can do mechanically, and if I don`t feel the connection with the piece, I won`t touch it. I`ll go and do something else until it feels right to start painting. It does lead to my working day being unpredictable, but I like that, it stops me from taking things for granted and keeps me interested.
Where do you gather inspiration for your artwork?
PB: I draw my inspiration from the landscape I find myself in and the connection I feel with it. I love exploring woodland in particular because it’s where I feel the connection the most. I can often be found out and about at dawn, searching for those spectacular early morning scenes with beautiful strong natural light.
Above: ‘Muted Blues & Dappled Light’ by Paul Burgess
What was the first piece of artwork you created and the first piece you sold?
PB: Is there every really a first piece of artwork? Most of us are making marks at a very early age, so personally I see it as more of a natural progression rather than a definitive beginning.
The first piece of artwork I sold was a 3D painting of a local church, which was painted on glass in enamels with a separate watercolour background. Everything was outlined and there wasn’t a straight line anywhere. I seem to remember selling it for £25 back in the 70s.
What is the most important piece of equipment in your artist`s toolbox?
PB: There isn’t one thing in my artist’s toolbox that is more important than anything else. Everything is equally important as I need it all to do what I do.
Above: ‘Wentwood Limited Edition’ Print by Paul Burgess
If you could own any piece of artwork what would it be?
PB: It would be virtually impossible to choose just one piece from all the amazing artworks in the world. One that has always stood out for me though is ‘Fumee d`Ambre Gris’ by John Singer Sargent. I love Sargent`s work, and this is one of my favourites because of its beautifully subtle elegance. I could imagine staring at it for hours on end if it was hanging on my wall.
How has ArtGallery.co.uk helped you progress your artistic career?
PB: ArtGallery.co.uk have been instrumental in the development of my work, by giving me the support I`ve needed to allow my work to evolve naturally. They have tirelessly promoted my work since I joined them in 2011, which has brought my style of painting to the attention of many more private buyers and collectors.
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