Paul Kessling is a British painter born in Dundee, Scotland, in 1965. He trained as a sculptor at Wimbledon School of Art and then at MA level at the Royal College of Art. At the latter institution, Paul worked with Sir Eduardo Paolozzi.
He is a modern painter forming paintings with the same sculptural discipline required of the three dimensional form, but in a two dimensional space. Kessling uses his own distinctive painterly structures, stacks of stripes or fields of moving paint, to generate a distillation of the well-observed – a rewriting or new translation in paint.
His abstract oil paintings pulsate with raw Promethean energy. Whether taking painterly bearings amid the heft and shift of wind-slammed storms, or delicately calibrating the impression of light painting a cloud-mottled sea, his wet-in-wet technique and lyrical brush strokes capture the elemental struggles of our external and internal landscapes.
Skywriting is a new series of paintings by Kessling that recasts the ubiquitous sky as an intimate sphere of self-discovery. Primal shape-memories punctuate skyscapes and swirl and dissolve in the observer’s eye to form, under newly imagined atmospheric pressures, intense emotional climates. Kessling’s airborne realm proposes a sky no longer tenuously connected to the world by a horizon, but freed to take both painter and viewer into unexplored volumes of light and colour.
Paul has attracted international success at solo and group art exhibitions, as well as art fairs internationally.