My interest in art started when I was doing an arts foundation course with the Open University in the late 1970s. Soon after that, I attended Essex University as a mature student between 1980-83, and graduated with an honours degree in Art History & Theory. That wonderful time at the University of Essex gave me the opportunity to learn something about the ‘Story of Art’.

I have been painting for about 14 years; self-taught and still learning. I use mainly acrylic media to express my work, because the quick drying time of acrylic paint, and the things you can add to it, make it a useful medium for much of my painting. The ‘Woodland’ series of paintings is an example of this, where I wanted each layer to dry quickly as I worked from the background to the foreground. If I do wet-on-wet, or alla prima painting, I use oil paints. It is a fast way of working and this means a painting stays loose, and can be finished in one session.

Paintings under ‘Woodland‘ show scenes of our natural surroundings. I have tried to instil a sense of mystery in some. There are no people in the paintings because I want the viewer to be that human presence, and possibly round the corner with me.

Work under ‘Abstraction‘ shows an attempt to do some abstract painting. It has always intrigued me why some artists make a journey from the figurative to a more abstract style. It rarely happens the other way around. I think fundamentally it is about our feelings, and that search to find a visual representation of them. To the viewer, some abstract paintings can dig deep, and reveal those special ‘spots of time’.

Paintings under ‘Devon & Cornwall’ are of locations I am revisiting in 2024. These places are very special to me, and I have used a wide range of materials to recapture some of the magic these places hold for me.

Please feel free to contact me on my email address: paulgoughartist@gmail.com


‘It doesn’t matter how the paint is put on, as long as something is said’

– Jackson Pollock


‘A painting is not a picture of an experience; it is an experience’

– Mark Rothko

Devon & Cornwall

‘Art is not what you see, but what you make others see’

Edgar Degas




Please contact me on paulgoughartist@gmail.com