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Paul Smith

Paul is a full time artist, making ceramic figurative sculptures in his studio on the edge of the Peak District National Park. The images he makes are dream-like and contemplative, designed to create a feeling of another reality where peaceful co-existence is possible between us and nature. The style is bold and semi-abstract with graceful sweeping curves and simplified details.

In his work he plays with the conventions of fairytales and fables, often turning the stories on their heads and twisting them. Goldilocks has made peace with the bears and Red Riding Hood has grown up to be a confident femme fatale who entrances the Wolf.  There are many ‘first-nation’ stories of a time when beasts could talk and the world was one, not divided into the human/animal worlds.