Paul Vivian works with sculptures, prints and reliefs. Each work is either a meticulously recreated or found objects reconfigured. Motivated by how the status of these forms may be raised as they become stand-ins for ideas larger than themselves. Early in his practice he became fascinated in how objects traditionally adapted for witchcraft and the occult were contingently constructed from the everyday to enable a form of curse or spell. His work characteristically draws upon popular culture or historical events and Vivian sees his practice as an attempt to reconcile each subject's scale and significance through the superficially ordinary and banal.
Paul lives and works in Hampshire and Surrey. He graduated with an MA in Fine Art from Norwich School of Art and Design, having previously completed his BA at Chelsea College of Art and Design. Recent exhibitions and projects include: The Tardi(nes)s (Solo Exhibition) at K6 Gallery (Southampton, 2016), Power Down (Solo Exhibition) at 45 Park Lane (London, 2016), Mettle (Group Exhibition) at The Function Room (London, 2020), This is not an oak tree (Group Exhibition) at Jugg art foundation (Suffolk, 2019), When our lips Speak together (Group Exhibition) at James Hockey Gallery (Surrey, 2018).