My art work weeps for the world and also celebrates the world.
In our technological world so disconnected from nature where humanity struggles to unite in peace and harmony with the forces of creation my art asks us to consider how we as people can heal the displacement and disunity of our global community. I explore the tensions, fault lines and connections that exist between seemingly opposing forces in a world that is held in a state of perpetual antitheses. The dynamics of nature and culture, present and eternity, physical and spiritual, life and death are wrestled with though the mediums of drawing and printmaking.
In Shetland where I have lived for over 20 years there are many more birds than people and in daily life the various species of birds become familiar companions. In this body of work birds have become vessels of emotion that carry messages full of metaphor and meaning on the rich tapestry of life.
Birds cross international boundaries, true global travellers that see war and peace, beauty and decay, persecution and awe and feast and famine. If birds could tell us how to live what would they say to us?
Paul Bloomer was born and bought up in the industrial Black Country of England. He studied painting at post graduate level at the Royal Academy Schools in London and In 1997 he moved to Shetland where he set up his studio as well as lecturing in art at Shetland College University of the Highlands and Islands. His work is held in various public collections in the UK and in private collections worldwide.