Paul Donovan is a ceramic artist whose sculptures celebrate the human figure and its aspirations in joyful activity, capturing the dynamics of movement.
Inspired by the flints strewn over the Wessex land and seascapes, Paul recreates their fragmentation using their form and colour, from his studio in Salisbury.
His rough-hewn ceramics with their flinty forms aim to remind us of man's long-working relationship with this material, highlighting their shared vulnerability to the elements of nature.
Paul's work has been featured in several books and magazines. He attended the Museum School of Fine Arts Boston USA, and was mentored by Althea Wynne FBSS.
I have worked at ceramic sculpture for twenty years now, and am still passionately inspired by both the human figure and by flints (particularly those found on coastal walks near Salisbury where I live). I see a profound connection between flint forms, fragmented by the sea over millennia and the fragmentation of human life, buffeted as it aspires to face diverse challenges. This I try to express through dynamic composition in clay and glaze.
The apparent fleshiness of the flints’ smooth chalky skin helps in this process and I enjoy experimenting with glazes to capture the stones’ subtle chromatic beauty.