Daphne Francis Gallery

Contemporary Fine Art

Paul Hirst

  1. Disquiet
  2. Fellows
  3. Flotsam II
    Flotsam II
  4. Lock Wall
    Lock Wall
  5. March 2012 172
    March 2012 172
  6. Minerva
  7. Reflections
  8. Slow Boat
    Slow Boat
  9. 'under bridge 5'
    'under bridge 5'
Paul Hirsts' atmospheric urban landscapes are full of tone and colour. They allude to a time and place where memory and emotion reside.  The oil paintings and prints are food for the soul and speak of places you have been but don't quite remember.  The beautiful abstracted forms become clearer when we  look again. They are in themselves whole and complete having lost the shackles of the real and become their own narrative.  
His prints and paintings of Birmingham invite you on a journey into a city where countless exposure, decay and regeneration evidence the passing of time and the moment.
Hirst often travels and camps within the landscape.  He is inspired by the peace and tranquillity found on your own and away from it all.  His work plays with ideas of traditional representational landscape painting and translates it into an abstract 'Turneresque' contemporary form of landscape including urban landscapes.

J D Francis

Artist Profile and Exhibitions

Paul is originally from Derbyshire and graduated with a first class degree in Fine Art from the University of Derby. He lives and works in Birmingham as The Artist in Residence at the Bond Company where he continues his artistic practice as well as curating the Bond’s exhibition spaces.

Solo Museum Exhibitions
2010     Between Nature and Imagination – Buxton Museum and Art Gallery
Curated Museum Exhibitions
2009 Imagining Landscape – Derby Museum and Art Gallery
Solo Exhibitions
2012     Mapping the Landscape – The Bond Co, Birmingham
2011     Traces – Harrington Mill Gallery, Long Eaton
2010     In the shadows – Synapse Festival, Tarpey Gallery, Derby
2009     Cold and Warm at the Same Time – Derby Univesity and the Dome, Buxton
2009     Air Derby Royal Hospital Programme – Derby Royal Hospital
2009     Remembered Landscapes – Wirksworth Heritage Centre
2008     Remembered Landscapes – Pride Art Gallery, Derby
2008     Remembered Landscapes – Moffat Art Gallery, Scotland
2008     Remembered Landscapes Degree Show – Derby University
2007     Landscapev – Wirksworth Festival, Derbyshire
Group Exhibitions
2012     Nottingham Castle Open –Nottingham Castle Art Gallery
2011     Beyond the Horizon – Embrace Arts, RA Centre, Leicester
2010     DesPardes The Challenge of the Glocal – Derby and Sarjan Art Gallery Vadadora
2010     Harrington Mill Stand Art Supermarket – Kulturhuset, Stockholm
2010     Selected Work – Cornerhouse Gallery, Hayfield
2010     Remembered Landscapes – Melbourne Festival
2010     Harrington Mill Open Studios – Harrington Mill Studios, Long Eaton
2009     Selected Work – Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park, London
2009     Selected Work – One Picture Show, Osnabruck, Germany
2009     Visual 2009 (Stephen Snoddy) – Baskerville House, Birmingham
2009     Morph Group Show – Deda, Derby
2008     Harrington Mill Open Studios – Harrington Mill, Long Eaton
2008     Remembered Landscapes – Wirksworth Festival, Derbyshire
2008     Remembered Landscapes – Pride Art Gallery, Derby
2008     Remembered Landscapes – Ashby   De La Zouch Arts Festival
2008     Illam Hall Residential Art Project – Illam Hall, Derbyshire
2007     Postcard Show – Derby Museum and Art Gallery
2006     Print and the Landscape – Derby Museum and Art Gallery
Cold and Warm at the Same Time – NADFAS Cavendish (Decorative and Fine Art Society)
Derby University
NADFAS Cavendish (Decorative and Fine Art Society)
2011 –Current – The Bond Company Artist in Residence, Birmingham
2008 – 2009 – Erewash Council / Derby University / Harrington Mill Studios Residency
Academic Qualifications:
University of Derby – BA (Hons) Fine Art – First Class Degree

Daphne Francis Gallery, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham, B9 4AA  Email: [email protected]  Tel:07707278398