Paul Kenton’s Impressionistic Paris

Paul Kenton has just released his Summer Collection for 2011 containing beautiful Paris Cityscapes. Kenton explores a very impressionistic view of Paris, concentrating on the atmosphere instead of the finer detail. He delivers a prolonged sense of reality as opposed to a snap shot, and does with a delicate sense of colour and ambience of movement. There is a hustle and bustle about his work, and you are invited into this world.

Cafe Du Coin by Paul Kenton

Cafe Du Coin by Paul Kenton

A pivotal moment in the young Paul Kenton’s life was a move from his birth place in Derby to the West Country when he was eight years old. As a teenager he learnt to surf on the wild beaches of North Devon and as a keen surfer he has travelled the world realising inspiration for another passion; his art. Now settled in Ilfracombe with his Brazilian partner, Alexandra and two young daughters, Kenton still surfs when he’s not in the studio or enjoying the hectic pandemonium of family life.

Working in acrylic and oils he took inspiration from his world wide travels; the cityscapes, cafes, harbours, bridges and seascapes. Kenton’s style has evolved over the past ten years into a free-flowing fusion of various media, capturing the essence of the location rather than “the fiddly details of what something looks like” creating an atmosphere with free shapes, dripped lines and colour.

Vue Parisienne by Paul Kenton

Vue Parisienne by Paul Kenton

“The younger ‘Monet’ has always been a hero of mine ever since I discovered art as a teenager. I love the way his paintings evoke a mood (in the same way a short film clip does) rather than simply being a physical representation of a scene. In the same way I see my paintings as a short film clip rather than a photographic still.”

“As I am a keen surfer I love the sea. The ocean has many moods; the way in which water and light interacts at the end of the day fascinates me. The recurring themes of reflection and movement frequently appear in my new work. Equally I love capturing scenes late in the day and into the early evening due to the last drops of warming light filling every available surface. 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.”

Le Metro by Paul Kenton

Le Metro by Paul Kenton

“I use my photographs and rough sketches to rekindle emotions and feelings of a particular scene; sometimes I even scribble odd words or phrases down to help this process. I like to paint my canvases flat and have them a couple of feet from the floor so I don’t have to bend over too far. I feel quite energized by the blank canvas; it’s a mixture of excitement and anticipation – similar to the feeling you get when you ‘take off’ on a blank canvas of a wave.”

“I don’t sketch anything out; instead I simply dive in feet first with huge brushes dipped into large pots of paint and drip on an outline before throwing the paint on. I love the freedom and am so pleased with the effects of this technique. I build up each layer with broad brushstrokes and drip colour to create form until I can sense the atmosphere I want. To keep the piece fresh I try and stop before it gets too fussy. I value the opinion and feedback from my partner Alex as we have often been to the places together and our moods and views are often represented in the pieces.”

Paris In Fall by Paul Kenton

Paris In Fall by Paul Kenton - Last chance to purchase only one left in the gallery!

Paul Kenton’s new collection is on display Artworx Gallery. For more details on Paul Kenton and his work please visit:

Paul Kenton at Artworx Gallery

Or ring 01543 502971 or email info@artworx.co.uk

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