19th September 2018
Acclaimed cityscape artist, Paul Kenton, will be making an appearance in Birmingham this weekend.
Art fans can meet the artist at Castle Fine Art in The Mailbox on Saturday 22nd September between 1pm and 3pm, when he will be showcasing his latest collection, Metallique.
Visitors will have the opportunity to speak to Kenton about his collections, past and present, as well as his inspirations and techniques.
Demonstrating both a shift in his style and medium of choice, Metallique swaps traditional canvas for modern metal and reveals the latest in Kenton’s artistic evolution.
The collection was born when a canvas failed to fit onto an easel that he had built, resulting in him reaching for leftover sheet aluminium and applying oil paint to that instead. Delighted with the result and the way the oils took to the metal, Kenton began refining his brushstrokes and reviewed the tools he was using to discover how the new medium could be adapted to his style of work.
Kenton is renowned for his striking cityscapes, which are inspired by fast-paced city-living across the world. The artist aims to capture the movement in a city, conveying a constant motion with blurred colour, dripped lines and captivating light.
He has exaggerated this for Metallique by allowing the metal to show through the layers of paint, giving the overall composition a new dimension with a greater sense of depth and life.
Paul Kenton said: “My cityscapes reflect the many moods of manmade landscapes. I find it exhilarating to express furious movement, artificial lights and the vibrancy of a busy city centre at night, as well as the subtler moods of a misty dawn at the same venue.
“I love to capture the mood and spirit of a scene, adding layers of depth and expression which just can’t be captured in a straight pictorial study.
“My work is heavily inspired by the different times of the day and the effects these throw across the cities. I am fascinated by natural light and the way it interacts with the buildings.”
Danny Wigley, gallery manager at Castle Fine Art, The Mailbox, said: “Paul captures the essence and personality of the world’s most iconic cities, painting them as you’ve never seen them before.
“His unique loose style of painting, using drips and bold brush strokes, portrays the hustle and bustle moving around these big cities and can almost transport you there. We look forward to welcoming guests to the gallery to meet the artist himself and experience his latest collection.”