art reviews & interviews

REVIEWS of ART EXHIBITIONS by PAUL NEADS:

ARCANA OF STONE AT ST HELENS WORLD OF GLASS, FEB - MAR 2004
"Stunning ancient landscapes," St Helens Star

PAST & PROSPECT AT SALFORD MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY
JOINT EXHIBITION WITH KEITH SCAIFE, APR - JUN 2003
“Remarkable for its weird harmony... Paul Neads provides representations of reality. Yet all is less clearcut, engagingly. Neads’ version of nature is never copied outright but sifted via his perception, siphoned via creativity. For instance, the entire sky of ‘Wayland’s Beech’ is bright red like oxygenated blood. That’s not to say that garish display of colour is his motive. ‘Portal Light’ is an exercise in restraint: a tiny burning candle amidst an absorbing blackness. Throughout, the stippling and varied strokes give his surfaces a good range from the worked to the (seemingly) licked,” City Life

“A gem,” Salford Advertiser

“Although poles apart in style, Paul’s work has all the colour of a Warhol... but rather than being surreal it has all the realism and romance of a John Martin painting. In fact Martin would have been proud to have created ‘Valediction’ which captures a dark stormy night beside the stones in [Avebury] Wiltshire. The work is a must for anyone with a love for ancient landscapes and even anyone viewing his paintings with a little knowledge of ancient history would be inspired to explore these wonderful landscapes... ’Fantasy art’? ‘Modern art’? ‘Surrealism’? I think a very appropriate description would be ‘Beautiful art’,” Free Pagan Press

INTERVIEWS with PAUL NEADS:

FOR FREE PAGAN PRESS, BELTANE 2003 (ISSUE 13)
EXCERPT FROM AN INTERVIEW WITH ANDREW ROBERTS
Are your paintings inspired by your philosophical beliefs?
Well, this collection is born more from my interest in archaeology, from that time period of which we have little factual knowledge yet are still drawn to through an instinctive ancestral attachment. Half the joy is travelling round the country visiting the sites, though I always seem to end up in Avebury. I did erect a stone circle in my back garden but the cats just go to the loo in it...
Are there any particular artists whom you admire?
I've never really followed any particular style or school of thought... There's a cynic in me which says why should we...it should be whatever you want for whoever you want, in the here and now. So saying, I have little respect for the Royal Academy or for the Turner Prize...
What advice would you give to any budding artist or poet?
Go with your creative instinct... There will be many times when your confidence will dip and you’ll get frustrated, but a modicum of self-belief will see you through. That and a good friend or two. Never be afraid to experiment and sometimes wear a hat.

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