PHGC94"Stepping Out" by Paul Horton|
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Edition Size - 195
Image Size: 10" x 15"
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"As with so many of my paintings, my pieces are open to your own personal interpretation, but to me ‘Stepping Out’ represents a new start in life. It is depicting springtime, a time for change and a chance for a new world to begin. The painting is about moving forward and having the confidence to change your life for the better, to believe in yourself and achieving what you want to achieve. In essence, to go out there and make all your hopes and dreams come true."
"As much of the original inspiration for my work was derived from puppet theatre, the natural progression was to have some made. I collaborated with Craig Denston, one of the countries leading puppeteers and designers. I then decided it would be great fun to bring them into the gallery environment as part of my ‘Homes & Hearts’ tour, which added a diverse element to these exhibitions.
The wonderful assortment of characters that appear in my paintings take inspiration from a number of sources including illustration, story books and theatre. There is often a narrative element to be found within my work, people interpret my characters in so many ways, take the Victorian man for instance, is he Jack the Ripper, a magician, or a Phileas Fogg type of character? I like to keep his identity a closely guarded secret, hence his title the ‘Man of Mystery’.
The tramp is one of my favourite characters, he is not really anybody in particular, but there is a touch of Charlie Chaplin about him. I wanted to introduce a character who lives in the modern world. The little tramp is a figure of optimism, looking to a future full of hope. When explaining my work I feel it’s best not to give everything away, leaving it open to interpretation."