Biography

Paul Finn is a fundamentally English artist, but his images are rooted in a much wider awareness and appreciation of a more universal and transcendent culture that joins humanity in both spiritual and secular bonds. Whether it be the landscapes of his native Yorkshire, Italy, Wales or Dorset, every image is invested with the same intense scrutiny and lavished with the same weight of exquisite craft that underpins his relationship between his subject matter and the Art which they engender. From his own Art education Paul has inherited the strong values that reflect the special relationship which exists between man and his environment. This inheritence comes from his long association with the individuals and ideas from Ravensbourne College of Art and the Slade, Kass Cohen who was a key influene at Ravensbourne, and Sir William Coldstream and Malcolm Hughes at the Slade. The care, intensity, rigour and skill that Paul Finn brings to the considered marks in his work, carry an optimistic, celebratory and life affirming view of the continuity of the Landscape. Allied to this is a deep appreciation and knowledge of the works of artists like Samuel Palmer, Paul Nash, David Bomberg and Eric Ravillious, and the way they all sought to reflect the position of " landscape" as a reflection of the human psyche. For Paul Finn observation is the gateway to meaning and understanding, and his Art is the record of his constantly evolving journey.

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1976   Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, " 18 graduates "
1977   Royal Academy
1977   Air Gallery
1978   Gulbenkian Hall,  RCA, London
1980   City University Gallery, London, Group of Four with Huw Morgan, Paul Tong & Paul Winstanley.
1981   4 British Artists, Belgium, (British Council)
1982   Hayward Annual, Hayward Gallery, London
1983   Tolly Cobbold Exhibition, Fitzwilliam Gallery Cambridge (touring)
1984   City Art Gallery Peterborough
1986   "Drawing for All"  Gainsborough's House, Sudbury (Prizewinner)
1987   Bishops House, Lincoln Cathedral / Usher Gallery Lincoln
1988   Whitechapel Gallery, London, Open Exhibition
1990   Ayala Museum, Manila (British Council)
1991   New Grafton Gallery, London, Summer Exhibition
1992   Alton Gallery, London
New Grafton Gallery, London
Campos House, San Fransisco
Ian Shipley Bookshop, London
1993   Isis Gallery, Leigh-on- Sea, Joint exhibition with Roderic Barrett
2008 - 2010   Rowley Gallery London
2009   Russell Coates Gallery, Bournemouth, "Contemporary Landscape Prints"
2009 - 2010   Cambridge Book and Print Gallery
St. Judes Gallery, Itteringnam, Norfolk