PAUL NEWMAN / Silton Oak
Trees form an important part of Paul Newman's interest, fusing and transforming the elements of different places. In particular, Paul is drawn to their shapes and individual textures, their place in regional folklore as well as their gift to allow us to collectively connect and think about our relationship with nature.
His work is created by research into the nature and history of places that interest him; geology, ecology and sometimes interaction with human activity. Walking is an important part of the working process, understanding the character and distinctive atmosphere of a certain area, as Paul Nash referred to the ‘genius loci.’ Much of his work comes from places that have been explored and returned to repeatedly, with an ingrained personal significance, with the work mostly a response to being affected by memories or experience over time in those places.