about the artist

Born in Kent in the 60s, Paul Neads was educated at the unremarkable King's School in Rochester, where the art teacher once tried to strangle him in the toilets. Undeterred, he went on to attend Canterbury College of Art in the 1980s (where his only creation of note was a plaster sculpture of a potato wrapped in an egg box), became incredibly bored & then went to read English at Reading University. He has since worked in various artistic genres: initially finding a forum for his work in the greetings cards & calendar market, alongside book illustrations & the occasional tattoo design. He has also worked as a muralist & spent several years as an art tutor with Manchester Social Services, advancing the skills of adults with learning difficulties.
For those who like to know a little bit more, aside from the art Paul is also editor of The Ugly Tree poetry Ďzine and was co-founder and co-host of the successful Manchester poetry night, Per Verse. He also oversees the Mucusart Press and spends far too much time cropping up as an extra on the telly. He has been known to put his back out in archaeological trenches and always wanted to be a cricketer but since he wasn't actually that good, he had to find another reason to stand about in fields all day. He fervently supports Charlton Athletic, cites Patrick Moore as his only hero, and was once told to shut up by Jo Brand.
He tends to work mainly from his studio at home in Greater Manchester, alongside several stray cats collected over the years.

The artist can be contacted via E-mail: paul@mucusart.co.uk

*photo of the artist by L.S.Creighton

about the art

A series exploring ancient landscapes such as stone circles, henges, chambered tombs and hill carvings; monuments left by our ancestors with clues to societyís structure and manís role within the landscape, touching on the mystical whilst highlighting communal evolution through concept to destruction and eventual desolation.
These sites are invariably depicted in a state of desuetude, retaining their present context whilst incorporating reflections of and on their own landscapes. A common theme is the contoured mirroring of terrain and sky, the encompassing natural which envelops manís attempts to shape the landscape. Inevitably, man is noticeably missing from the compositions.

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Monolith by Paul Neads, 2002
oil on canvas, 30"x40", £350