Paul Normansell’s art has received global acclaim from critics and collectors in the fashion and music industries, being hailed as some of the most style conscious imagery to define the shifting trends of popular culture.
Paul’s iconic images are summoned through individually painted dots in high gloss enamel paint on sheet aluminum; this meticulous process creates a flawless reflective quality as if they were literally in a glossy magazine.
Painting each dot individually takes as long as it takes, they’re all different in size, shape and color, and all applied freehand using a fine brush onto aluminum. There are no shortcuts.
The great drawback with the technique, one that is a constant detriment to Paul’s health, equates to simple physics – the paintings have to be produced horizontally. In order for the paint to stay still long enough to dry where it should, Paul’s aluminum ‘canvas’ cannot be positioned upright on a traditional easel, as gravity causes the paint to sag and run.
Paul Normansell has tried several devices over the years to allow him to paint horizontally – from lying on a plank supported on two chairs, to a hammock suspended above the floor. None of them have been perfect, and none have permanently removed his need for weekly sessions at the back specialists.
Due to Paul’s technique, each piece took hundreds of hours to complete, to paint a full image made up of individual dots.
Following a string of sell out shows and media attention Paul has become one of the world’s most sought-after contemporary artists, receiving international acclaim and exhibiting as far afield as Japan, the United States and Australia.