Paul Brown is a figurative sculptor who works in clay. His solo show at the RBSA, on 12 August – 28 September, will display an amazing array of figures, busts and wall masks. The exhibit represents Paul’s ongoing interest in capturing the movement and attitude of the human form. It shows highly finished portraits as well as more immediate ‘sketches’, in hand painted and glazed clay work.
Paul’s human figures and busts are realistic representations of the human form, showing a likeness of the model. The figures are sculpted from direct observational references by eye, but he also uses callipers to check measurements for the busts. Paul often works on more than one piece at a time, leaving works-in-process to rest in his studio.
“I don’t want to disguise the material I’m working with. I used to make my surfaces very smooth, but I prefer now to keep the surface quite lively and textured. I see these as accurate likenesses but sketched in clay.”
His wall masks are imaginative pieces and often have a narrative connected to folklore such as the green man, satyrs and devils.
Brown uses different types of finishes to enhance the surfaces of his sculptures. These include Verdigris or black grate polish and raku glazing on some of the masks, which he hand paints onto the surface of the clay.
Paul currently teaches regularly in his own studio in Birmingham. He is also running a workshop at the RBSA on 24 August, an introduction to making clay face masks:
24 August, 11.00am – 4.30pm
£62/£57 for Friends of the RBSA, Members & Associates, and full-time students
In this workshop Paul gives an introduction to sculpting from life. You will learn how to work from a model to produce a portrait mask in air-drying clay. The workshop is suitable for all abilities.
Booking is essential. Please contact the Gallery on 0121 236 4353.
Banner image: Paul Brown, Karen, fired stoneware