november, 2019

2019wed27nov(nov 27)9:00 amtue03dec(dec 3)5:00 pmMike Paul & Andrew Dawes - Spaces and Faces

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Spaces and Faces…     brings together two local observational painters with differing approaches – a fascinating collection of 40 oil and acrylic works, which depict striking natural settings and intimate urban scenes. In bringing these paintings together, the curators ask observers themselves to make the connections – between people, between objects and natural elements, and between moments in time.     THE ARTISTS     Michael Paul, a retired architect who has lived in Cheltenham for 30 years, has enjoyed a lifelong passion for art. As a child, he captured the scenes of his Anglo-Italian background in the war- ravaged outskirts of London, and rich life experiences – including an epic 10,000-mile trip across the United States in a Mini in the 1960s – have contributed to Michael’s impressive and diverse portfolio of sketches and watercolours. It was during retirement, though, that Michael discovered his passion for oil painting. Following the success of previous exhibitions in the Cotswolds, Michael now presents 14 new figurative narrative oil paintings focusing on a subject which has always fascinated him. “That fleeting, stolen moment when the essence of a relationship is captured. Whether it’s the unguarded interaction between friends and family, or a chance encounter between strangers, a common theme prevails: body language strikes a chord – it can intrigue, or it can reveal tiny secrets.”     Andrew Dawes has been creating art since he was first able to pick up a pencil but was persuaded to take up engineering. Throughout his successful career as a Project Manager in the power industry, he always maintained his passion and says he was even drawn to live in Cornwall for the inspiring light and scenery. There he became a member of Lizard Art, an artists’ co- operative with its own gallery situated on the historic Trelowarren Estate. Andrew returned to the Cotswolds in 2010, and has always been inspired by the interaction between shape, colour and light. “Landscapes, buildings, boats, people, flowers are all beautiful – but they, alone, are not what I want to capture. It’s the interaction between objects, or people, and their settings which create the dynamic for me. Add to that the incredible effects of light and colour, that’s when things really become interesting. I always try to capture the feeling of that first moment I was drawn to the image.”