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Paul Kessling

Born in 1965 in Dundee, Scotland. Paul Kessling studied at the Royal College of Art where he met and subsequently worked for Sir Eduardo Paolozzi. After winning the RCA Travel Scholarship, Paul travelled to Easter Island where he spent a month studying the statues. This marked the start of his study of our relationship to the land - the man-made landscape - the distancing brought about by modern agriculture. He is fascinated with utopian communities - with their impossibility.

Paulís work first came to national attention when he was commissioned to paint a series of landscapes at dawn for the BBC. He has become widely known for his ink landscapes which he sometimes paints from the roof of his Landrover.

'Kessling is not just a landscape painter, although the rolling hills and fields where he lives are instantly recognisable in his beautiful pictures. He is a weather man, fascinated by heat, sudden downpour, oncoming storms. His smallest paintings, are condensed sonnets in praise of the sunset or dawn. But he also works on an epic scale, biblical weather travelling across paintings more than twenty feet square'.

Laura Cumming, art critic, The Observer

Public Commissions include - the House of Lords, Terminal 5 Heathrow, Fenwicks York,