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Paul Lock

You Simply Are II

Noho Showrooms, 67 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 7PT

Exhibition: 24 – 29 September, 2019

Private View: 24 September, 5 – 9pm

RSVP: https://yousimplyare2.eventbrite.co.uk

Following his debut exhibition last year, Paul Lock returns to the Noho Showrooms from 24 – 29 September with a new body of work, You Simply Are II.

Lock throws down the artistic gauntlet by opening the exhibition with a gigantic self-portrait, making use of his signature face-mapping painting techniques. Bold and confident, Lock literally locks the viewer with his penetrating painterly gaze – deep Mediterranean pools delineating the artist’s piercing blue eyes.

Paul Lock says, “Through the use of colour, line and shape, I love to challenge our perceptions. It is our perceptions that create our individual realities, though our perceptions can only ever be subjective. As with art, our lives can never be taken for granted, nothing is finite, yet it is so easy to assume an absolute reality.”

The portraiture theme continues in the bejewelled glowering Regina – a painting of HM The Queen – her fine features highlighted with hot pinks and flashes of azure. But what gives this iconic image an ironic and poignant twist are Lock’s other chosen subjects, three men who have all served at Her Majesty’s pleasure.

Lock explains, “When I’m not painting, I spend time with a social enterprise called Beyond Recovery, helping men in prison to overcome past trauma and addiction and to live a more peaceful and fulfilling life. I have seen some truly remarkable changes and want to share some of them with my audience.”

Celebrating the arduous journey to rehabilitation, Lock captures the essence of inner conflict by committing some of these men on to canvas. Staring back at the viewer, the resulting portraits depict all the subjects with the same attitude of defiance and determination. As one of the participants in prison put it, “I’ve struggled for years with anger and bitterness. I’m now free in my mind and I’ve never been this happy.”

In a nod to Elvis Presley’s song Jailhouse Rock, the troubled mind of a prisoner is further explored in Lock’s emotive image of “the King” crooning. The 1957 hit, released in conjunction with Presley’s motion picture Jailhouse Rock, follows the story of a young man sentenced to prison for manslaughter, who becomes a singing star when he gets out of jail. However what Lock really seems to be alluding to is the prisoner Elvis became of his own mind – his stratospheric rise to fame resulting in addiction issues that ultimately cost him his life.

Other celebrity portraits fill out Lock’s exhibition, but also included is a simple study of his young daughter, her bright-eyed innocence scrutinising the world in front of her. Male and female nudes round off this comprehensive exhibition of stillness and light.

In Lock’s own words, “Many of us live in a world of endless stimulation, where we are constantly looking for the next thing to do. I invite you to stop, to be still and just be. The most beautiful thing we can do is to realise the simplicity of life. You simply are.”

 

For further information contact:

Simon Tarrant
07711 335350
[email protected]

Notes: Beyond Recovery

Beyond Recovery CIC is the UK’s leading social enterprise turning round offenders’ lives.

Beyond Recovery is a fast growing new social enterprise already making a proven difference to people with complex mental health and drug and alcohol problems who are involved in the criminal justice system.

Founded by Jacqueline Hollows, Beyond Recovery aims to help people look beyond mere survival and existence, and instead to move forward, with hope, resilience and purpose in life.  The impact of this work creates far reaching ripple effects in relationships, careers, business opportunities as well as complete recovery from previously intractable diagnosis’s.

The work of Beyond Recovery is based on an approach called the Three Principles, which was recently described as having a common sense simplicity with intellectual credibility [Kessel 2017] – this differs from many other approaches to tackling human problems in one fundamental way: it focuses on teaching health rather than treating illness. The model is rooted in a belief that we all have inner mental good health and teaches individuals how to access and sustain this health.

Research papers

The Efficacy of Three Principles Correctional Counseling with People in an English Prison – published Nov ‘17 – International Journal of Offender Therapy & Comparative Criminology

The Efficacy of Intensive Three Principles Correctional Counseling for Improving the Mental Health/Resilience of People in an English Prison”, [in press] for the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation

The Efficacy of Three Principles Correctional Counseling for Improving the Mental Health and Self-Control of People Incarcerated for Sexual Violence [in review] for Sexual Abuse – A Journal of Research and Treatment

Beyond Recovery – Social Media

 

 

You Simply Are, Nov 2018

PRESS RELEASE

Paul Lock

You Simply Are

Noho Showrooms, 67 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 7PT

Exhibition: 15 – 18 November, 2018

Artist Paul Lock launches his debut solo exhibition You Simply Are at the Noho Showrooms from 15 – 18 November.

Lock first picked up a paintbrush six years ago, taking inspiration from his mentor Keith Robinson and hasn’t stopped painting since. His subjects are like a roster of 20th century legends; from Pablo Picasso, Audrey Hepburn and Muhammad Ali; to Ziggy Stardust, Jimi Hendrix and George Michael. All gazing directly back from the canvas as if still strutting their stuff.

Although a recent starter to the artistic scene Lock has a unique approach to portraiture, using face-mapping painting techniques to create highly stylised artworks. Francis Bacon meets Frank Auerbach but with the iconic immediacey of pop artsit Roy Lichtenstein.

Paul Lock’s latest muses include the world’s first ever supermodel Twiggy and award-winning actor Bill Nighy, both of whose iconic portraits will be included in Lock’s forthcoming exhibition. He says of his portraits, “I want to convey a likeness but I also want to create a painting. A painting that recognises the form and essence of the person while containing something of me, the painter.”

Beyond painting portraits Lock works from his Thames-side studio to create electrifying, almost luminous abstract landscapes. Real and imagined scenes that entice the viewer to step into his technicolour dreams. “I continually strive to harmonize the freedom of colour and mark making with creating an engaging image. What seem to be mistakes underpin something new and fresh that becomes part of the painting.”

Engrossed in a world of colour and shape, Paul Lock studies images for hours, his artistic process demonstrating a rollercoaster of excitement, frustration and elation. In art critic Estelle Lovatt’s words, “Paul is a striking artist engaging a balance between mark making, colour and line.”

Review: www.artlyst.com/reviews/paul-lock-simply-review

For further information contact:

Simon Tarrant
07711 335350
[email protected]

 

Paul lives in Surrey, England with his wife and daughter. When he’s not creating art, Paul helps people to realise the simplicity of living a more inspired, peaceful and fulfilled life.
www.paul-lock.com

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