44cm X 38cm
Paul Hogg is a painter and printmaker. Born in Yorkshire in 1960, Paul graduated from the Painting School of the Royal College of Art in 1989. His work has been shown in various solo and group exhibitions and is included in private collections in Britain, Europe, the USA and Australia. He has been the recipient of several awards for his work including the TSB Bank Travel Award, the Oppenheim John Downes Memorial Award and the Eames Fine Art Prize. Paul lives and works in Hackney.
His paintings and prints are non-narrative and represent landscape spaces. Although a starting point for the works might be people and places he has known, through the process of drawing, painting and printing he is concerned with working toward the formation of a more abstract, symbolic space. Through the composition of the image, its surface appearance, and the harmony of tonal values within colour, he seeks to allude to feelings about place that have filtered through layers of memory and thought about the landscape he explored as a child.
'I am seeking to produce images that achieve balance and harmony and summon a sense of stillness.'
"In my work, ‘Snow’, I wanted to represent a landscape space at the dimming of the day, when the sky darkens, the shadows lengthen and the horizon gathers the last of the light. Prussian blue seemed to be the perfect colour to employ for the sky. I find it remains attractive throughout the process of modulation from the pure colour squeezed out of the tube to the different tints achieved through the increasing addition of white. For the cast shadows I needed an analogous contrast and used one of my favourite blues, cerulean. When choosing colour for the distant hills I needed a colour and tone that would contrast with blue and would remain cool enough and dark enough to remain in the background. As I mixed the tree colour I was thinking of woodland trees that have trunks of a greenish hue, covered in moss or lichen, perhaps. Also, the tone of the colour of the trees needed to be light enough to make them stand forward from the background. The shed, I found in a Norfolk garden, is the local colour it was, although I added phthalo green to the grey to allow it to harmonise more successfully with the other colours. When mixing the snow I used phthalo green, black, yellow ochre and lemon yellow to reduce the harshness of the white, to key it to the other colours, and to create the effect of a particular quality of light falling in my picture." - Paul Hogg