Through multiple print processes and hand drawn details, Paul Wardski creates fictitious interiors within an imagined landscape. This is one of the three pieces that was selected and one won the Clifford Chance Printmaking Purchase Prize in 2018.
The lightness of photolithography put through an etching press creates a ghost-like quality suggesting what is past. In contrast, the heavy graphic quality of screen-printing allows the artist to insert and overlay bold objects as motifs which take on a decorative nature.
Paul distorts scale and places unusual, surreal like objects within a weightless realm to create works that, for the artist, evoke a sense of loss and abandonment.
Paul explains, "My work is a reflection upon past experience coupled with social-political issues, primarily the displacement of people through the regeneration of social housing and urban development. I engage with sites of contradiction that are local to me, and within those sites I search for objects that have been left behind by past inhabitants."
Paul Wardski has an MA in Visual Arts Printmaking from UAL Camberwell (Distinction) and a BA in Illustration from University of Portsmouth.
Recent awards include Limerick Printmakers International residency award 2019, Clifford Chance Printmaking Purchase Prize 2018, Bainbridge Print-studio Graduate award for excellence in printmaking, East London Printmakers Graduate award for excellence in printmaking, Bartolomeu Dos Santos Residency award for excellence in printmaking.
Recent Exhibitions include East London Printmakers Festival of Print’2019, Selected works at Woolwich Contemporary Art Fair 2019, Windows, GX Gallery, A solo exhibitionBook of Ignorance Douglas Fir, and Flock, GX Gallery.