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The artist was born in 1953 in Parkgate, Rotherham, known as “the low end”, the only way was up.

He studied at Rotherham Art College on the foundation course and when choosing a college to continue his studies to degree level was influenced by an article in a Sunday Times colour supplement stating that Leeds Polytechnic department of Fine Art was the best in Europe.

He was successful in gaining a place there, much to the surprise of his tutors at Rotherham who had not been encouraging. He emerged out of the experience of Leeds Fine Art which at the time discouraged painting and drawing ( it was the heyday of performance Art ) with a Degree in Fine Art BA Hons 2(i) and a determination never to practice his art again.

Paul subsequently became a bus cleaner, an oil changer, a youth worker and for 20 odd years a community development worker. This satisfied his socialist leanings instilled by his fiercely militant steelworker father.
He had convinced himself that the practice of Art was not a worthy occupation for a socialist.

The call to arms for his real vocation was never far however from the surface and in 1985 he turned  his part time doodling into an attempt to use his skills for the proletariat by becoming a political cartoonist. Unsuccessfully.

At the same time the obsession (largely secretive) for producing images in paint returned like an addiction, the results of which are displayed in this website.

The Artist has had several one man exhibitions in recent years at Sheffield Hallam University, 20/21 gallery, The Workstation and Rotherham Art Gallery, where his work has sold consistently.

The artist is also a member of the Alluvium Art Group which is group of artists from various disciplines who formed in 2007 and who are currently exhibiting widely in 2009.

© Paul Dearden 2011