About me

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 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 perfect medium.

Paintings under ‘Rustic Gallery‘ 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 ‘Spots of Time‘ 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 ‘spot of time‘ which ‘lifts us up’. Some of my abstract paintings have  retained a few figurative elements, but others have stayed pure.

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

Spots of Time

There are in our existence spots of time,
That with distinct pre-eminence retain
A renovating virtue, whence–depressed
By false opinion and contentious thought,
Or aught of heavier or more deadly weight,
In trivial occupations, and the round
Of ordinary intercourse–our minds
Are nourished and invisibly repaired;
A virtue, by which pleasure is enhanced,
That penetrates, enables us to mount,
When high, more high, and lifts us up when fallen.

From William Wordsworth’s The Prelude 12.208-218 (1805 edition)

Devon & Cornwall

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

Edgar Degas




Please contact me on paulgoughartist@gmail.com