• 9 of the 'ordered landscapes';

  • paul sayers

    interests and continuing works...

    I am becoming more and more interested in the meaning behind, between and beneath everyday items, objects and products.

    In many cases the hidden semantic and semiotic language within this everyday stuff is much more interesting than the objects themselves. It tells us about the detail ways we live our lives.


    continuing ideas are focusing around;


    *Carrot Series, yes, a series on carrots, as in ‘dangling carrots’. Never actually reaching the carrots is obviously one of the real meanings underneath the analogy, but using various commodified versions, a slightly different narrative could be explored, sketching is underway for this and research photos too, some of these will be posted soon…


    *Shoe series, a series starting with one shoe, I remember visiting a bric-a-brac/boot market in the suburbs of Milan some years ago, it showed a completely different side of Milan unseen from many Milanese, there was a woman trying to sell one shoe. Throwing one shoe has a completely different meaning of course, three shoes, or as Alan Fletcher (from the Design Consultancy Pentagram) once sketched, ‘buy two, get one free’. The series could continue to explore the semantics within numbers of shoes together allowing an exploration of un-shown contexts. I need to continue the research process.


    *Pollutants, this is a series commenting on the current political state of affairs; on how just a few drops of negativity can upset the careful balance, on how a stability won by years of negotiation and collaboration can be easily and quickly lost…

    I need to explore dropping ink into a medium and how it moves, how these might be painted.


    *'This Page' Series, I recently had to deal with a legal document that included a page called 'This page is intentionally blank'. The semantics of this of course is incredibly important. On my walk into CentralSaintMartins each morning, I have gathered 20 more thoughts on a 'This page...' theme, these are becoming a series, at the moment on foolscap, pen and ink, maybe also with watercolour as this seeps into the page becoming a type of watermark...

    here are a couple to show my thoughts;

    ‘This page is a placebo’, ‘This page is not a safe space’, ‘This page has won a three star award’, ‘This page is a 44minute read’... is this a good idea?

    This has moved onto a plan to use large billboards, maybe taking 5 or 6 of the best, but it needs funding and an advertiser to agree...


    * Sustainability Issues; 1, Plastic, especially the one-use containers and bottles...

    it is an opportunity to reflect on what has become a global sustainability issue, there will be a number of different ways into the subject, this is underway now with some initial research images, painting in the summer...


    * The edges of things; the borders and boundaries define the area of concern, could it be more important to explore the edges, map and plot the extremes, before moving on into the centre, not sure how this will work out yet, or even if it is a physical or emotional response that will be most interesting...


    * Experiments in Applicationism, the exact meaning of this is unclear at the moment but there is certainly a summer of work researching beyond Ad Reinhardt and Yves Klein…


    *Spectra, Series 2; where are you?, this is a series exploring the compromises that cover our lives, the first series is complete, working life and political life are being developed now, political life is underway now, larger than the previous Spectra Series...(on hold as it is too depressing to think about politics at the moment).


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  • spectra series,

    first series completed,

    shown at White Conduit Projects in January&February 2019...

    ...exploring moral and ethical issues of everyday life,

    the first series looks at emotional life,

    we are all on these spectra somewhere,

    maybe we know of others that are further towards the ends of the spectra but this is not important, it is more about viewers to internalise and project themselves onto the spectra... are these projected positions through life experiences or are they within us at birth?

    the nature/nurture thoughts are the foundation of the Rorschach type blotting, it is both controlled and uncontrolled,

    and watercolours are used in these paintings because we are all almost 70%water, it flows to each end of the spectra, drying, solidifying, ultimately displaying our inner conflicts.

    further series being worked through now are for working life and political life (there is plenty of material for this series at the moment)...


  • Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

    the Zetter Space show follows the selection of one of the works for the prestigious Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2015

    olive trees in a field of grass feed

    In a good productive year these trees will give their family 6 or 7 litres of first cold press olive oil.

    Yes, you can buy good oil in the supermarkets of LeMarche but these trees produce family oil certain of origin and authenticity,

    it is unthinkable not to farm around them.


    Painted using palette knives with tubed paint, pigments and oil.

    Painted on preprepared canvas board.

  • Barbican Centre London

    Royal AirForce Museum London

    Emotions of Flight

    Works in response to the anniversary of the Battle Of Britain.

    the paintings exhibited at...

    the Barbican Centre in the City of London, were an attempt to capture the raw emotions of combat flight at a pivotal time in the SecondWorldWar.


    The research for the work included visiting two elderly Battle of Britain Spitfire pilots to seek some primary responses from fighting in the air. They had very different experiences, one being shot down by an ME109 pilot, the other continuing on throughout the war and onto the FarEast.


    But there were similarities.


    Both talked of the speed and raw power of the machines, the battles that lasted minutes, sometime seconds. Both talked of the extreme contrasts of the force within the aircraft and the flaws within it.

    Force, Power, Speed, Fragility, Fear and Tension were used to create 12 large scale abstract works.


    Having donated 10% of the proceeds to the Battle of Britain Fighter Association, I was invited to one their yearly reunions close to BigginHill. There I meet the son of Sir Archibald McIndoe, the GinueaPig Club doctor, as well as a number of the few remaining Battle of Britain Pilots.

  • distant past

    Visual balance, Visual symmetry.

    These very early abstracts from the mid-1980’s were experimentations with visual symmetry and physical asymmetry. Most were made of a number of small separate canvases painted and arranged to bring an overall aesthetic of calm, a silence within a world of competing forces, it was a time of increasing tensions in the world leading up to the first Gulf War.

    These were not exhibited.


    and a series called window shopping painted in the late 1980's about the space between shop and shopper.

    It is pre-Internet and this window space seems to be the commercial boundary that is both attraction and a physical border. These paintings attempted to explore this space and what (mostly design led) shops put in them.

    These were not exhibited.


    The Insead Gallery Space in Fontainebleau, just South of Paris and the Ravensdale gallery in Dean Street, Soho (now closed) were a selection from almost four years of development. The main themes were around movement, travel and the need to explore.

    Within this period one can see the development of both style and painterly effect within the textures and and surfaces.

    They were also an exploration of colour and colour combinations.

    competing forces

    the centre is a feeling

    your heart is off centre

    squares within squares within squares


    paul smith


    from the point of departure series

    a distant port

    from the point of departure series

    winds of change

    from the point of departure series

    over the horizon

    from the point of departure series

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