Paul Neads is a painter, illustrator and writer, whose approach to his material is refracted in part through the prism of archaeology. His “megalithic musings” most often take the form of dramatic and evocative pictures in oils, which attempt to convey his personal responses to the sites in question. Coming from a rural background, and a childhood in which these ancient places were elements of everyday experience, Paul is impressed by the transitory character of modern urban existence. While our communal evolution seems to be characterised by transitoriness, and a movement through destruction towards eventual desolation, these great stones endure. Perhaps in these landscapes we find clues to humankind’s role within landscape, and the possibilities of urban social regeneration.
Work from this series has been exhibited throughout the UK since 2002.