Paul Bloomer’s latest exhibition ar the Shetland Museum & Archives in Lerwick, Scotland, UK, feels an epic saga in charcoal, cladding the whitest of walls inside da Gadderie, that non-static space devoted to the muable world.
The huge pictures felt they had been tailored to perfection. Paul needs to create his own creative time at his Bigton studio when he is not lecturing at the Shetland College at Gremista, or travelling to Europe with (or without) his students.
My top favourite picture – swans’ flight – was inspired by a recent trip to Vienna… A regular visitor to Spiggie Loch as a visual artist or devoted angler, I was both surprised and amused to hear it on Sunday as Paul spoke of each charcoal on paper gigantic pictorial metaphors.
Originally from the Black Country, Paul anchored his heart & art on this symbolic latitude where time and space are regulated by light and darkness in that perpetual dance of seasons.
However, as an islander, he too looks at the world in a unique perspective.
And he works like a poet or a writer, with a pocket size sketchbook, to capture moments he will later reproduce on a gargantuan scale…
Paul makes parallels between people and avian migration. His dreams transcend through circles… Black versus white.
He constantly reminds us how mankind generates that poisoning world, itself pictured as a leitmotive throughout and in various ways, metaphors, as Paul reflects on each throughout that Sunday afternoon stroll in his presence.
Paul the environmentalist – politically engaged… Raged by a poisoning world, in which political disciples hide, such as those deduced by populism. His charcoal stick does not fail to challenge the viewer…
He nonetheless searches for lightness through nature, to find love and sensuality among geese, swans or starlings, Shetland’s commonest and yet captivating birds.
Sensuality expressed though the oneness of entangling whooper swans.
Paul very aptly entitled his exhibition a prayer for the healing of nations.
A must see. 🙂