About Paul Finn

Paul standing in front of his artwork installation

Artist’s Statement

I am a landscape painter. I work from observation but I am not an en plein air painter, nor would I say that my work is entirely realistic. Working initially from direct observation using ink, graphite and charcoal, allows me the freedom to paint away from the landscape in my studio. In this way, I try to give a deeper account of the world and my responses to it.

Drawings are works in their own right and are in no way plans for paintings. My paintings are not made to a prescribed system, I want to work out the paintings as they appear during their making. This means that I rework and repaint the work many times until it is ‘right’.

Primarily, my interest is in the depiction of space. By this, I mean two things; the spatial divisions on the flat surface of the canvas, and the illusory space created by colour, composition and scale change. I want to recollect and recreate my initial observations, joys and emotions which I experience when I am in the landscape itself.

Paul Finn standing in a doorway

Biography

“Paul Finn was born in Batley, West Yorkshire, in 1954. He studied initially at Ravensbourne School of Art (1972–76) and then at the Slade School of Fine Art (1976–78).

After graduating, Paul was appointed 10th Brinkley Fellow at Norwich School of Art, now Norwich University of the Arts (1978–79). Since then, Paul has worked as a painter and a teacher. (Learn more about Paul’s teaching)

He has exhibited widely and has won bursaries to exhibit his work with the British Council in Europe and the Far East. Group exhibitions include the Young Contemporaries, the Hayward Annual, Gainsborough’s House (Prizewinner) Whitechapel Open, The Russell Coates Museum, The New English Art Club, The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, The Royal Institute of painters in Watercolour, and the London Group Open. In 2017 he was invited to join the Arborealist Group. He has exhibited at Flatford, John Constables’ birthplace and has works in collections in Europe, the Far East and the USA.”

Paul Finn is an outstanding artist whom I have known since the early 1970’s. Even at art college he was seeing things we were not. Love, love all of his work.

Jaye Skeoch

Curriculum Vitae

Qualifications

1972–1976

Ravensbourne School of Art. BA (Hons) Fine Art (First Class)

1976-1978

Slade School of Art. HDFA. (Lond) painting

1978-1979

Brinkley Fellow. Norwich School of Art

Awards

1980

British Council: European Exhibition

1992

British Council: Far East

Exhibitions

Upcoming

Spring 2023

“Paradise Found” Honiton

2023

“Ancient Trees”

November 2023

“Trees by the Sea and Woods near Water”

December 2023

“Posterity”

Solo

2020

Rowley Gallery

2017

Water Street Gallery

2016

Flatford Suffolk with The National Trust

1992

Campos House, San Francisco

1990

Ayala Museum Philippines with The British Council

Group

April 2022

Trees and the Sacred, Norwich Cathedral

June 2022

Regeneration. Queens Green Canopy. Platinum Jubilee Exhibition

June 2021

Burgh House Hampstead

March 2021

Being with Trees Gibraltar

2020

Being with Trees Bermondsey

March 2020

Being with Trees

December 2019

National Memorial Arboretum

2019

Young Gallery Salisbury

The Arborealists Reading

October 2018

Drawn to London Bermondsey Project Space

2018

St Ives Society

The Art of the Tree, Flatford

Black Swan Arts Frome

John Davies Gallery

2017

Nature in Art Gloucestershire

London Group Open

Galleries

Permanent Gallery Artist at:

The Rowley Gallery, 15 Kensington Church St, London

Tregony Gallery, Fore St, Tregony, Cornwall

Robert Eagle Fine Art, Marlborough Rd, London W4

Minster Gallery, Great Minster St, Winchester

Water St Gallery, Todmorden

Links and Associations

I rate Paul Finn’s work, he is one of the more interesting artists working today.

Philippa Beale, Curator and Co-founder of the Arborealist Group

While his work appears quite figurative in style, Paul insists that the colours and forms in his work are often more imaginative than representational, even verging towards the abstract.

Robert Eagle Fine Art

Videos featuring Paul Finn

Testimonials

Beautiful work, as usual, from a talented artist. The burst of colour shown in ‘Folly’ particularly stands out to me.

Beverley Barnes

I love the vibrancy and energy that exudes from Paul’s work. I look forward to seeing his work in person as well as visiting the inspirational Italian landscapes he captures so perfectly.

Henning Kaaber

Stunning work. I love your palette and the stories behind your work Paul. Expressive but controlled brushwork. Every painting is a joy.

Susie Hodge, MA, FRSA.

Extraordinary paintings by an extraordinary artist, I will never find the right words to interpret my feelings when I immersed through his work, It touched me deeply and took me to these places where the artworks originally been created. Thank you Paul for giving us the tranquility through the softness of your colours.

Ban Al-Hilley

Paul Finn’s art is exceptional; his sensitivity to the lighting unique to the Tuscan region is captured magnificently. I note Paul Finn is a regular visitor of the RSPB Rainham Marsh nature reserve, as a keen bird watcher I could relate to his work with the same level respect to nature; it is easy to see and feel this in the way he has considered the composition, the perspective and depth of field… you get a sense of being allowed in to view nature as it should be, untouched and unspoilt. Acres of beauty in oil paint.

Ray Butler

Beautiful paintings Paul, your style is always instantly recognisable and a true inspiration. The way you depict each landscape from the vibrant colours representing the dancing light to the strong brushstrokes and shapes that build up each composition. Your passion and the impression each location has on you shines through in each and every piece.

Eleanor Ballard