Seeing Sense is Paul McKee’s second exhibition at the Guildhall, following the success of Finding Form in 2010. Paul, who hails from Liverpool, has made Gloucester his home, since 1997.
Seeing Sense refers to the process of looking. Paul believes that looking involves more than just the sense of sight, that we experience the world around us through all of our senses and indeed that we measure and filter what we see, through experience and memory. This emersion in the experience of looking is evident in Paul’s work. His paintings in oil, watercolour and mixed media and drawings in charcoal and ink are expressive interpretations of familiar subjects - landscape, still-life, the nude, ancient myths and stories.
The joy of mark making and elements of chance, lead to distinctive and unusual images. Paul creates collections of work, which freely interpret visual experience - through drawings, photographs, memories and feelings - leading to colourful and unique expressions, in paint.
Working in the tradition of British romantic landscape painting, (Paul is inspired by Palmer, Turner and Piper), and energised by a fresh perspective McKee’s haunting, and memory-infused, work is invested with an abstract twist – making the paintings suggestive, dream-like and full of poetry.
Anna Saunders, Cheltenham Poetry Festival
Paul McKee has exhibited widely in the UK and he has work in public and private collections at home and abroad. He trained at Liverpool School of Art and University College London, achieving a BA Hons., a Post Graduate Certificate of Education and an MA.