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Welcome to our new website. We are glad to bring you 3 new collections of greetings cards from the award winning artist Paul Stangroom.
" I have been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. My father, Lawrence Stangroom was an artist/illustrator and this was obviously a huge influence in my life. He
schooled me in the traditional techniques that he had learned at art schools. It was only in
later years that I realized how highly he was regarded among his peers and how lucky I
have been to have had such a thorough grounding from such a talented man.
We often worked together on perspective illustration projects and it was my job to set up
the linear perspective part and then pass it over to " Lawrie" , as he was known, to finish in
his style. The clients never knew. It was technically challenging and the tight deadlines kept
us on our toes. It also meant that we would get together on a regular basis to discuss the
projects and the paintings that we were doing for ourselves.
Illustration and teaching have been the core income to enable me to pursue my own work.
This has evolved over many years and within that various themes have kept on emerging. I
grew up in Washington (Tyne and Wear) and watched as the small villages based around the
coal mines and surrounded by woods and farmland were torn down or infilled with factories
and houses. So the themes of buildings and therefore windows evolved as I saw peoples
homes being demolished and the surrounding countryside turned into " A New Town".
Alongside this my parents would take us on trips to the moors and dales of the north
Penines as well as the highlands of Scotland and I found that I was drawn to the wild and
remote parts of these landscapes. This was to remain unfinished business due to the impact that the Himalayas had on me after my first visit in 1980. I was awed by the scale and
grandeur of the place and by the toughness and resilience of the local people. I was also impressed by the different styles of building as I went from region to region. I returned to
the Himalayan mountains in 1983 after being awarded a bursary from The Elizabeth
Greenshields Foundation in Canada. This allowed me to paint and explore the mountains for
two years and this led to the Himalayan series of paintings. A theme that has lasted for
many years and I have returned many times to gather source material for my paintings.
Since moving to Hexham in 2002 I have found the north Penines and Northumberland to be
a new or more accurately a rekindled source of inspiration and is my current series of paintings.
** Paul Stangroom - The artist
The Whitby series of paintings came about as part of an archeological survey of Whitby Abbey and the surrounding headland undertaken by English Heritage. I was asked to join the
project by Steve Coll who was in charge of the survey and recording of the existing standing
structure of the abbey. I was asked to draw certain sections of the medieval stone carvings.
This involved working off a scaffold often high up in the abbey. The paintings are precisely measured and actual size. It was challenging work and often delayed due to adverse
My paintings take a great deal of time to produce and involve layer upon layer of delicate washes to create the light, atmosphere and mood of the various scenes that I paint.
I truly hope that you enjoy looking at my new collections of cards and prints."
Paul Stangroom Fine Art