‘Bearing Up’


‘Bearing Up’

Collect from gallery only

1 in stock (can be backordered)


‘Bearing Up’

Foundry cast bronze by Castle Fine Art Foundry in Wales

Collect from gallery £4,950

Bacs payment only

Collect from gallery only

58 x 16 cm

Limited Edition 1/24

Paul is a full time artist, making ceramic figurative sculptures in his studio on the edge of the Peak District National Park.  The images he make are dream-like and contemplative, designed to create a feeling of another reality where peaceful co-existence is possible between us and nature. The style is bold and semi-abstract with graceful sweeping curves and simplified details.

In his work he plays with the conventions of fairytales and fables, often turning the stories on their heads and twisting them. Goldilocks has made peace with the bears and Red Riding Hood has grown up to be a confident femme fatale who entrances the Wolf.  There are many ‘first-nation’ stories of a time when beasts could talk and the world was one, not divided into the human/animal worlds.

Paul is interested in our perception of the animal kingdom, told through fairytale and fable, art, books and film, rather than realistic depiction.  A big influence on his  work has been Angela Carter who wrote several short stories and novels on the theme of fairytales, “The Company of Wolves” and “The Bloody Chamber” being among the most famous. She tells tales of transformation, wonder and strangeness but, however dark the stories are, there is, more often than not, a redemptive ending.

‘Bearing Up’ is Paul’s latest sculpture and this is the first bronze casting in the edition. Maybe influenced by Goldilocks and the three bears!