An exclusive interview with the talented Alexander Paul.

An exclusive interview with the talented Alexander  Paul.

What are you working on at the moment?          
I have begun sealing wooden surfaces and drafting out structures with pen. If the method used to construct a composition gifts a solid enough foundation then I might be able to address it in oil. Drawings contain key information. The more I make, the greater choice I will have in the moments applying heavier materials. From my drawing and painting I will try to form prints, sculptures and creative text.

What else should we know about you and your work?  
I was serious when I got to Glasgow in 2005 but I hadn't quite appreciated the size, scale and detail of the task in hand. After three years I sounded the retreat and ran away. I came back from Australia in 2009 and in preparing for my final year I found a studio at the end of our road in Macclesfield. That is, I suppose, when the seriousness took hold. It would certainly signify the beginning of what I would call a serious engagement with the practical business of getting on with it. In those moments I found a clear focus which has remained with me.

What are your goals for the future, both work wise and life?      
My goals are to continue with my current practice in the studio and plan for my first exhibition tour planned for 2016/17.

What’s your favorite piece of work that you have created?
Plans for The AfterLife, 2010. To date it is the largest painting I have produced. I wouldn't say that it is my best work but on a personal level I would have to choose it because of the great freedom I enjoyed in the making of it. Freedom of expression and of movement, and in that freedom I shed or debunked the constraints I felt upon me at the time. I believe it produced a lively, colourful and ultimately a great freedom within me.

Short Cv
Born 1986, Cheshire, UK
Manchester Grammar School 1998 - 2005
Glasgow School of Art 2005-9 & 2009/10
BA(Hons) Painting and Printmaking


Group show, Transmission Gallery Glasgow, UK
Crompton Mill Group Exhibition, Manchester, UK
Bloom Gallery Open Exhibition, Manchester, UK
Group Show, Ironbbratz Studios, Glasgow, UK
New Contemporaries Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Uk

Royal Glasgow Institute New Graduates Exhibition, Kelly Gallery, Glasgow, UK
Degree Show, Mackintosh building, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK
Crompton Mill Group Exhibition, Manchester, UK
Group Exhibitions, Newberry Tower, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK
Albatross Gallery Group Exhibition, Cheshire, UK
Artist Statement             
My creative interests are born out across painting and drawing. I tend to thrive off the plasticity of my materials and their use as language. I focus on the creative power of the imagination, its relationship with reality and the virility of its influence upon our experiences. I explore both the dangerous and welcome outcomes of the mind's creations and their progressions into the physical world around us.

I utilise the obfuscation of imagery, the deliberate hiding and concealing to confuse or to distract from the actual, in order to present the truth as actively illusive. It is a process by which the debunking of falsehoods assaults perceived realities of the mind and it’s ability to distort information. The task therefore becomes an increasingly difficult one of deciphering what is real and what is not real. This is applied with spontaneity and compulsion, a streaming subconsciousness, so the work is created instinctively.

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