Paul Fearn - Contemporary Wildlife Artist
Paul is a four-time finalist in the prestigious international 'David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year' competition (2015/16/17/18) and is a contemporary marine wildlife artist with a difference. His canvases are sheets of metal (mainly copper, brass and aluminium) which he carefully corrodes to produce figurative images of the underwater world. He is constantly pushing the boundaries of the control he can achieve over the patination process, using the raw materials to produce colour and texture befitting the creatures and environments he describes.
Paul is an obsessive diver and travels extensively across the globe, looking for subject material in seas and oceans including (so far) - the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, the Pacific, the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, the South China Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. With hundreds of hours of diving under his belt he has had plenty of time to study the behaviours of marine life around the world and to study the enviornments of the underwater world.
His work attempts to recreate this marine world - sometimes confusing, sometimes clear, sometimes inquisitive and sometimes to fear. From the bright neon colours of a coral reef to the perplexity of a shoal of anthias, or the striking patterns of koi to the feathers of water-wading birds, he uses the natural textures of the patination process to explore all life connected with the water.
Paul lives and works in West Sussex where he can also be close to the countryside and the wealth of British wildlife if offers.
You can also follow Paul's work on the following social media sites:
Facebook: Search 'Paul Michael Fearn' or click below.
Twitter: @pmfearn or click below.
Instagram: Search paulmfearn
River trout in Kingston Upon Thames. Patinas on copper. 60cm x 60cm.
River trout in a tributary of the Thames running underneath Kingston. Patinas on brass sheet. 60cm x 60cm.
Two stags rutting in Richmond Park, London. Patinas on copper sheet. 60cm x 60cm.