A selection of completed commissions :

 

'Burton-on-Wax' Exhibition - 1994

'Wax Profiles' Exhibition - 1995

St George's Hospital - 1997

Central Middlesex Hospital - 'Virtual Reality' 2000

Homerton Hospital - 'Hackney Central' 2002

Northwick Park - 'Life and Locality' 2002

Whipps Cross Hospital - 'Walthamstow Market' 2003

Whipps Cross Hospital - 'Centenary Celebrations' 2004

Newham General Hospital - 'Global Village' 2005

 

 

‘Burton-on-Wax’ Exhibition - 1994 Back

This was commissioned by the Director of the Brewhouse Arts Centre, Maureen Milgram, to celebrate its third anniversary. The exhibition was a humorous take on the town and its culture.

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  Pub Interior, Men Only
  Wax Crayon on Paper  
  56 x 38 cms  
  Burton-on-Wax  
   
   
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  Union Street
  Wax Crayon on Paper  
  60 x 40 cms  
  Burton-on-Wax  
   
   

This consisted of 35 wax drawings. The local paper, the Burton Mail, described the exhibition as a ‘colourful, humorous look at the town through a native’s eyes….Paul’s crayons have given even Burton’s bleakest industrial buildings a rounded, human edge.’
The mayor commented at the private view that he wished the council had more of a budget for the arts. The Council bought a drawing. The show was sponsored by West Midlands Arts and BT in the Community.

 

 

‘Wax Profiles’ Exhibition - 1995 Back

This was the second of two exhibitions of wax pictures and poems staged with the help of Charlie Catling, Arts Officer for Wandsworth Council and grants from Wandsworth Arts. The first was on the theme of 'London', the second of the people of London, hence the title 'Wax Profiles'. This latter exhibition took place at the Pump House Gallery in Battersea Park. There were thirty seven wax drawings and poems.

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  Railway
  Wax Crayon on Paper  
  80 x 56 cms  
  Wax Profiles  
   
   
  A minute dot on the horizon,
A mere speck of cosmic dust.
But who can see the ultimate degree,
Beyond which is nothingness?
Silence,
As the passengers contemplate,
The Big Bang,
Before they alight.
And the infinite expanse of outer space,
The astronomical speed of light.
With brief-case containing the universe,
And jackets from the cosmic loom.
The 8:48,
Which is running late,
Arrived yesterday at noon.

 

St Georges Hospital - 1997 Back

Four paintings were commissioned by the Hospital Arts Committee for the Out-patients Department, Lanesborough Wing.

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  Marks and Spencers, Mitcham Road
  Oil on Board  
  60 x 56 cms  
  St George's Hospital  
   
   

They were specifically for a large waiting area where patients await a range of medical services. The local subject matter and process were both discussed prior to working and the commission was paid for by the St George’s Improvement Fund. Patients and staff have since commented on them favourably. One patient explained how the images put a smile on her face when she was pregnant and waiting for blood tests. Another commented on how she liked to imagine being within the picture and guessing the lives of those characters painted.

 

 

Central Middlesex Hospital - ‘Virtual Reality’ 2000 Back


The concept was to decorate the newly built ACAD centre with a range of paintings that showed the diversity of the locality. This project was co-ordinated by Candice Hurwitz, Art Director of the trust. The idea was to create paintings that were of subject matters relevant to the staff and patients that used the hospital. Therefore the intended audience was consulted prior to completing the work, through a range of photographs of the locality.

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  Wembley on Match Day
  Acrylic on MDF  
  92 x 61 cms  
  Central Middlesex Hospital  
   
   



As the hospital was within a catchment area that included a large proportion of ethnic minorities within its population, the representation of this was considered a priority, hence scenes of Ealing Road shops and the Neasden Temple. Also due to the imminent demolition and reconstruction of Wembley, a world renowned landmark, it was decided that this should be considered as a subject. In the end six scenes were alloted. The artwork was sponsored privately by CP Plus.

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  Ealing Road
  Acrylic on MDF  
  122 x 61 cms  
  Central Middlesex Hospital  
   
   


The staff showed a lot of interest, and there was a lot of discussion of the final work and locations. The detail within the pictures, the humour and the colour, were particularly appreciated.

On Kings Fund Night, the reaction was very favourable, with members of staff telling the artist how they had participated in the process of choosing the images and liked the results. Comments such as: ‘they’re bright and fun, and I know the places’, ‘I like the fact that the artist is self-taught’ and ‘it brightens the place up and some of the patients need it’. Possibly the most flattering response came from several art professionals. One woman who ran a public art course, thought that the paintings fitted well into the context, unlike a lot of artwork she’d seen. This comment was echoed by another hospital arts co-ordinator. The newscaster Martyn Lewis, patron of the ‘Make a Difference’ project which aimed to use artwork to make the hospital a more pleasant environment, was presented to the artist at the opening ceremony. Philip Sutcliffe the Director of the Health Trust liked the paintings so much, he commissioned the artist privately.

The artist was reported in the local Wembley Observer, explaining the 16 month process; ‘ I wanted to ask staff and patients what they wanted to see on the walls since they have to look at them every day. I think that many artists who create public art try to be cutting edge, but that’s not necessarily what people want… I want my art to be accessible.’

 

 

Homerton Hospital - ‘Hackney Central’ 2002 Back

The project was co-ordinated by Shaun Caton, Art Director of the trust. The Arts Committee wanted a large painting to place outside the operating theatre. Some gentle humour for a traumatic environment. So the artist discussed possible local sites to represent in the painting. Eventually “Hackney Central” focusing on the railway station was the preferred subject.

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  Hackney Central (half image)
  Acrylic on MDF  
  244 x 106 cms  
  Homerton Hospital  
   
   

The hospital were so pleased with the painting that they commissioned two more. One of these paintings was for the Ante-Natal clinic waiting room refurbishment, sponsored by the Kings Fund 'Enhancing the Healing Environment Programme'.

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  Park Scene
  Acrylic on MDF  
  180 x 100 cms  
   
   
   

The other was for Carol Bailey, director of human resources which was used for publicity material.

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  Homerton Magic
  Acrylic on MDF  
  21 x 30 cms  
   
   
   

 

Northwick Park - ‘Life and Locality’ 2002 Back


Northwick Park Hospital is geographically isolated, and the purpose of the artwork was to help include it into its own community, but also to celebrate its ‘life’. This project was co-ordinated by Candice Hurwitz, Art Director of the trust.
In order to bridge the gap between the internal and external communities the paintings emphasise the similarities between people and places, bringing out the concord between the hospital and Harrow itself.
Two highly visible sites were chosen for the paintings that accommodate the interior decor and design of the hospital.

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  Harrow in the Round
  Acrylic on MDF  
  122 x 122 cms  
  Northwick Park  
   
   


The first painting entitled, ‘Harrow in the Round’ is situated at the Main Entrance.
It is a wide-angled and slightly abstract interpretation of Harrow Shopping Centre, with the ‘Katie’ statue by James Butler a central focus. It balances the welcome sign opposite, which is global in content, by its local nature.

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  Life
  Acrylic on Board  
  136 x 90 cms  
  Northwick Park  
   
   

The second painting entitled, ‘Life’ is situated in the Outpatients Department Waiting Area. This narrative reflects the life of the hospital.
These two paintings are thin and long (landscape), fitting onto two walls of an alcove, making a feature. This allows a collaged narrative reflecting the life of the hospital, concentrating on the diversity of people and landmarks that make up the community.
The project was sponsored by First Management Group.

 

 

Whipps Cross Hospital - ‘Walthamstow Market’ 2003 Back

With the help of the Kings Fund, the Maternity Ward was renovated. The hospital wanted bright cheerful paintings to cheer up the women waiting in labour. Paul discussed his ideas with Jane Davies, Deputy Director of Service Development and Modernisation with staff from the maternity ward. Three paintings were created of Walthamstow market to fit the corridor area outside the delivery suite.

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  Walthamstow Market 3
  Acrylic on MDF  
  122 x 61 cms  
  Whipps Cross Hospital  
   
   
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  Walthamstow Market 2 (Half image)
  Acrylic on MDF  
  93 x 61 cms  
  Whipps Cross Hospital  
   
   



Jane Davies remarked that she loved the style of art and thought the paintings were superb. Staff in the ward commented that they liked the brightness and detail of the pictures, which helped create a happier environment. They became a talking point for the hospital. The paintings were so successful that Jane re-commisioned Paul to celebrate the hospital's centenary. This will try to capture the hospital site and environment before the old hospital is demolished to make way for a new one.

 

 

Whipps Cross Hospital - ‘Centenary Celebration’ 2004 Back

Due to redevelopment of the hospital and demolition of the old historic buildings to make way for modernisation, the commision was to preserve he memory of the site. The paintings are situated on the Link Bridge that co-joins the two sites.

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  Whipps Panorama
  Acrylic and Tiles on Door  
  100 x 100 cms  
   
   
   

This includes the staff.

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  Whipps People
  Acrylic on MDF  
  100 x 100 cms  
   
   
   

And the Medical Education Centre.

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  Medical Education Centre
  Acrylic and Tiles on Door  
  100 x 100 cms  
   
   
   

Simon Mills, Project Director Whipps Cross Redevelopment explained, 'we wanted some artwork that would capture the history and atmosphere behind the hospital'. Subsequently the images have been used by the NHS trust on cards and literature, especially 'The Magazine' which is the NHS Trust in-house brochure.

 

 

Newham General Hospital - ‘Global Village’ 2005 Back

Hugh Steward, Director of Patient Support and Environment, invited Paul to the hospital Arts Committee in the summer of 2004 to discuss a commission to celebrate Newham, its diverse population and environment. The local/global theme of the project was highlighted and together the group pinpointed the localities in the NHS Trust to represent. These were photograhed and made uo into possible scenes.

The 'Panorama of Newham' encapsulated the whole National Health Trust area and recognised landmarks, showing how it is part of the wider London metropolis, a major global city.

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  Newham Panorama (Half image)
  Acrylic on MDF  
  100 x 60 cms  
   
   
   

'Green Street' was choosen due to its diversity and cosmopolitan mix of people from around the world, both shoppers and football fans make it a busy area and recognisable.

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  Green Street
  Acrylic on MDF  
  100 x 60 cms  
   
   
   

The 'Tate and Lyle' factory is an iconic image due to the company's longevity in the borough and employment of the community. It imports sugar from abroad and exports globally.

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  Tate and Lyle
  Acrylic on MDF  
  85 x 65 cms