À propos Paul Brown

About Paul Brown Paul Brown is a British self-trained professional artist living in France. Having obtained a diploma from Liverpool Art College in 1971, Brown spent 18 years in Japan and became a full time artist after moving to France in 2007. Always passionate about painting, Brown painted whenever possible during his working life and only recently became a professional painter. During his teens, Paul Brown was inspired by the pop artists and did not enjoy the Old Masters’ style, today the opposite is true and the Old Masters are a constant source of inspiration. Paul sells his work through galleries in the US, UK, France and South Africa with the majority of his work being sold in the US. Paul Brown's Work Vermeer, Van Eyck and Holbein are the Old Masters who have been a particular inspiration. Brown creates a similar luminosity in his own paintings by using multiple layers and glazing techniques. An inner light can be seen in his paintings, which is achieved in part, by painting high contrast compositions. Brown’s feeling is that still life paintings are often cluttered and he chooses to balance the simplicity of his subjects with composition, light and shadow, choosing not to crop subjects in most cases. Subject matter usually includes a simple choice of fruit, vegetables and flowers. What led you to your current direction in art? A lot of present realist artists inspired me in the early days of becoming a professional artist and I gained valuable help and encouragement from artists I know personally such as; James Neill Hollingsworth, Tony Curanaj and Michael Theise. I found these like-minded artists through various blogs including my own and I would have given up long ago if it wasn't for their generosity and support. What's a typical session in your studio like? On a typical day, I start work at 8.30am and paint through until lunch and then resume at 2pm until 6pm and this is usually six/seven days a week. I paint sitting down under daylight corrected light bulbs (5,500K) to give a consistent light temperature all year round. Describe the type of studio you currently work in? I work in an old French farmhouse in South West France with two foot thick stone walls and wood ceilings. The window beside my easel has views over a large garden and farmer's field. What's the most important advice you've been given about art? There isn’t one particular piece of advice that I draw on, just many useful tips from all the other generous and giving artists out there. For example, I have received materials advice such as what surfaces, mediums, brands of paints and brushes to try. How do you define success as an artist? Success, for me, would be to finish a painting and be really happy with it, but nearly all artists will probably agree with this and say that it will never happen! What piece of art has had the most profound influence on you? Velazquez's 'Juan de Pareja' mesmerises me every time I look at it. What's your favourite Winsor & Newton colour? It’s difficult to choose just one colour but I love the cadmium red, orange and yellows which I use a lot. What caused you to choose your current medium? I wanted to paint like the old masters and I couldn't achieve similar results with any other medium than oil. (I’m aware that they often used tempera in the under paintings but I haven’t chosen that technique).
 Paul Brown uses Winsor & Newton because it was my first brand of oil paint that I bought from a family run art shop in Liverpool over forty years ago and I've never seen the need to change (even after experimenting with other brands).