Paul Collinson

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I live and work in Hull, UK. I graduated from the Hull School of Art & Design in 1991 with a BA (Hons) First Class in Fine Art. Since then I have worked within the visual arts as a self-employed artist (2001 to present), as Arts Development Manager for a visual arts project in Hull (1996 – 2001), and as curator/organiser for various projects and solo and group exhibitions, as well as being in studio groups in Hull. I now have my own studio.

The inherent picturesqueness (roughness and irregularity) of the abandoned, derelict and the unplanned space is a virtuous subject matter (now politically as well as aesthetically) for the artist. So rather than go hunting for these already ‘turned over’ sites I make my own: low-tech follies of my own imagination and experience mixed with references to historic and contemporary English landscape ideologies, design and use constructed to achieve a certain verisimilitude when viewed through the camera lens. The photographic print becomes the subject matter, not to ennoble or question the role of the photograph, rather a point of origin for the day to day exigencies and tussle of painting the ‘point of view’.

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