Paul Emmanuel – Fleece Paintings

Paul Emmanuel, whom I met in Taipei ages ago, has an exhibition opening in a couple of weeks. Farms, sheep, painting, baaaaaaa!!! (download the pdf here)

paul emmanuel fleece painting

Oriel Myrddin Gallery
8 January – 26 February 2011

Paul Emmanuel’s most recent body of work Fleece Paintings are just that, unrefined sheep fleece onto which the artist has applied variously coloured oil paints.

The fleece is sourced locally from farms surrounding the artist’s studio in the Brecon Beacons and the works themselves are named after each of these farms. The initial inspiration for these works came from the artist noticing scraps of matted fleece in the grass and caught in the barbed wire fencing enclosing the fields around the farm where he lives and works. These paintings are also inspired by the use of sheep marker; different colours daubed directly onto the animals back as a way of delineating one flock from another.

— Oriel Myrddin Gallery