Paul Swailes is a local artist who enjoys making images to celebrate our area. His work is well known locally as he is an establish member of Ilfracombe’s annual Art Trail which takes place in May. During the rest of the year he is a regular at local Art and Craft markets and his work is always available at the Artisans Co-operative shop, FortyThree, on Fore Street.
For or the past twenty five years he has also illustrated the Berrynarbor village magazine.
Five years ago he retired from his position as Assistant Headteacher at the Ilfracombe Academy, where he taught Geography. Paul said “I decided with more time on my hands I would get back into painting.” He did not have far to look for inspiration and has now put together eight collections of images based on our natural environment and its maritime history. Paul uses acrylic and mixed media to create his images and draws on his background as a Geographer when it comes to an understanding of sea and sky.
Paul has exhibited regularly over the past four years. He said “It is always nice to have a focus to work towards and it was great to chat to so many people about my work.”
Spurred on by interest in his work Paul continues to celebrate the North Devon area through his collections of original mixed media images, limited edition prints, painted objects such as boxes and greetings cards. Recently he has also been working on a number of commissions.
Paul is currently working on two new collections of paintings for the spring and late summer of 2019. The first, “Time and Tide” draws inspiration once again from our area’s ever-changing skies and seas. This will form the basis of his Art Trail exhibition for 2019. The second “The Footsteps of History” examines some of the less travelled lanes and footpaths in and around Exmoor. This will form the basis of Paul’s autumn collection.
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10 Montpelier Terrace