Paul J Best
My work is principally focused on interpreting and expressing a sense of place. I seek to express the unique quality of places… landscapes, seascapes and townscapes.
I have studied and qualified in Fine Art, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design and I am a fellow of the Landscape Institute . I have always had a love of painting from the very earliest age. I have been fortunate in my career as a Landscape Architect to design and to have had built four dimensional ‘ Big Art ‘on a large scale which have matured over time and have become memorable places I hope. There is great satisfaction in seeing people enjoying the environments that I have designed and I have gained a number of national design awards for my work. It is only relatively recently that painting has absorbed me once more and it feels like I have taken a long journey to return to a first love!
I find painting the most immediate and expressive of all artistic practices. I am drawn to painting mainly landscapes and seascapes, which I believe is rooted in my particular love and understanding of ‘landscape’ in it’s widest sense. In it’s essence this is the connection between place and people at a specific time to create a ‘genius loci’ or ‘sense of place’. I now have paintings in collections across the UK and in America, Switzerland and Australia.
I particularly like to work with texture and often use pastes and sometimes apply gold leaf. I mostly always use reflective paints in the work to capture and reflect the light. I will usually combine the use of palette knife and soften this with brush work. I remain inspired by the enduring impressionist masters: Turner, Klimt, Monet, Cezanne, Matisse, Pissaro and also the more contemporary Landscape artists Mackintosh, Hitchens, Manrique, Heron, Rae, Iden … and I would describe my paintings as broadly impressionistic.
All work is supplied initialled on the front and signed on the back. I will include a signed certificate of authenticity with all purchases, both original paintings and limited edition prints. Most paintings will be supplied corded and ready to hang. Paintings will be wrapped in bubble wrap and secured in strong cardboard packaging for delivery.
I am always very pleased to take commissions. If you have an idea in mind for a particular space then please just contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would really appreciate any feedback on my work. If you see a painting that you love then please do feel free to make an offer or to message me for any further information. I love to think that people enjoy having the paintings in their homes and this is a big part of the pleasure of offering the work for sale.
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