Paul Bloomer – Artist

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.

EGGS – Each stone tells a story that is shaped and painted by time Etching 21 cm x 15 cm. 2018
LAVERICK – A song of promise and new life That darkened skies cannot silence Etching 15 cm x 21 cm. 2018
POISONED LAKE – This lake has been poisoned by greed and ignorance and now the snow geese have nowhere to land. Charcoal 240 cm x 180 cm. 2017
THE RETURN OF THE LIGHT – The light has returned to the land and for now all is well. Charcoal 210 cm x 180 cm. 2017
NIGHT FLIGHT These birds fly at night because they are scared of the day. They have flown over millions of people displaced and killed by war, atrocity and injustice and they have flown over land and water killed by pollution. Now they are flying over the peaceful tranquillity of St Ninians Isle in Shetland where in the winter the waters of the sea join to create a pattern of mystical union and oneness. If the birds could whisper in our ears the secret to living in peace and harmony with all of creation, what might they say to us as they journey around the globe witnessing the mad, chaotic and fragmented world of humanity. 300 cm x 180 cm Charcoal.  2017