Paul Morrison creates striking town and cityscapes using watercolour, photography and digital art.
The Urban Icon Project is Paul's latest departure. The project takes inspiration from Italian 'vedute', the golden age of the travel poster, and contemporary artists such as Paul Catherall. The series conveys the sense of place and power of cities, in views both familiar and unexpected.
The series has focused to date on cities such as London, New York, Venice and Mumbai, and will expand to cover a range of additional locations.
The pictures are a fusion of different media. Based on Paul's original photographs, each image is then digitally manipulated using vector mapping and colour filters. This results in large (A1/A2) and striking cityscapes: “I like to work with strong contrast between light and shadow, to accentuate the structure and depth of the street scene. At the same time I use the computer to simplify the palette in each picture, enabling me to build up bigger, bolder blocks of colour.”
Paul’s goal is to create simple, clean but high impact images. “I hope my pictures help people to notice the architectural power of the cities in which we live.”
Paul lives and works in London.