Paul Mowatt Artist in Residence at Kingston Museum

Friday 24 February until 24 June 2017
Kingston Museum’s first Artist in Residence, Paul Mowatt

© images Paul Mowatt

Paul presents artworks inspired by the Museum’s unique collection of pioneering photographer Edweard Muybridge.

During his residency, Mowatt, who is an admirer of Edweard Muybridge, has been studying the work of this pioneering photographer and godfather of the motion picture. Muybridge’s photographic studies of animal and human locomotion in the 1860s were both scientifically and artistically ground breaking and have influenced artists, cinematographers, musicians and dancers since his death to the present day.

Mowatt’s series ‘Kinesis’ combines Muybridge’s scientific analysis with modern photographic techniques, adding an artistic dimension which provides focus on the subtle beauty and intricacies of the movement of the human body that would normally be imperceptible to the human eye.

‘Muybridge is my inspiration for these artworks, and I’m exploring the possibilities of taking that influence into the present day, by employing both digital and analogue technologies.My aim is to continue what Muybridge started, but with a major emphasis on the artistic rather than the scientific.’Paul Mowatt

Artist Introduction: Paul Mowatt

Brought up in South West London, and a teenager when the punk explosion shook the foundations of the establishment and British culture, Paul Mowatt spent his early years soaking up creativity and snapping street life on the Kings Road and High Street Kensington for the pages of The Face and iD magazine long before Facebook and Instagram were ever imagined.

After completing a degree at the London College of Printing, and learning his art for several years as an assistant photographer and printer, his career blossomed shooting fashion, portraits and landscapes – with an eye for abstract detail. His portrait and feature work has been syndicated by Camera Press for 25 years, and he has exhibited and sold his work at galleries including the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Hamiltons, Smiths Row and The Bluebird Gallery.

Publications such as Tatler, GQ, The Sunday Times Magazine, the Creative Review and the London Evening Standard have all benefited from his creative photographic input, and Paul has developed his eye for detail as an art director and stills photographer for film and TV. His credits include ‘Wild West’, directed by Dawn French and Simon Nye, and ‘High Heels and Low Life’, directed by the late, great, Mel Smith.
While Paul’s past influences have indeed stemmed from the ‘wild’, the ‘low’ and the ‘high’, his creative instinct has seen him embrace modern technology and he is now enjoying renewed interest in traditional and alternative methods of photographic printing on which he was nurtured. Either way, for Paul, the camera never lies – though it can throw in a few tricks along the way, if you’re a master of the art.

In recent years, Paul’s focus has shifted towards analogue photography and rediscovering analogue techniques. His practice now combines analogue photography and digital techniques to create dramatic images with a cinematic quality.

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Opening hours: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday 10am-5pm, Thursday 10am-7pm
Admission free