Saturday 12 February 2011

Artist Spotlight - Paul Clancy

Welcome to the first artist spolight interview. In this interview we talk to local artist Paul Clancy. Paul was one of the artists in residence during the BDATs 2010 art trail, where he produced artwork in Wickford High Street. You can see the artwork Paul produced by visiting

Town where you live? The heart of Basildon

What initially got you into art? 
My mum, she painted a bowl of brightly coloured fruit in oil paint when I was a young boy. I was so impressed. So, I started with flick books of matchstick men then copied Beano cartoons and moved onto 2000AD comics after finding a bundle left out for the rubbish on my news paper round.

Have you studied art (school, college, evening course, uni, self taught)?
At Southend Collage of Art & Technology i did two years National diploma Art & design. One year foundation fine art, One year EPA Drama, two years Lens Based Media Animation. 

How would you describe your artwork?
My pictures give the impression of life, a freestyle dance of supple twists and natural  infinity loops.

Who is your favourite artist/artists?
The intense artist Simon Bisley, 

What artists have influenced your work?
George Bridgman, Boris Vallejo, Simon Bisley, John Ennis.

Have you exhibited your artwork/ Where can people view your artwork?
Exhibited and sold artwork at the Cliffs Pavilion West-cliff art gallery, also on the Internet.

What venue was your artwork shown at during the 2010 art trail?
Life as art studio based in Barley-lands craft village.

Do you have any exhibitions planned for the future?
Basildon Library, The Bee-croft art gallery West-cliff.

Do you have a website, where people can view your artwork?

Any advice for people looking to get into art?
Remember there are no mistakes in art just creative accidents. A simple pencil is the master key to unlocking your hidden artistic channels of the mind.

Hear Pauls interview on Gateway 97.8 on Tuesday 15th Februrary between 2pm - 2:25pm

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