Paul Sanderson Exhibition - Symi Gallery

International Contemporary Art


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Paul was born in Rugby, UK, in 1956. He studied Art at Reading and Leicester, and has been involved in Art education in north-west England since 1980.

A regular visitor to Greece, Paul now resides in Symi for part of the year.


Most of the paintings exhibited have been produced between 2003 and 2009, although several are much earlier. The materials used are quite traditional - oils on canvas, thin layers of colour applied in a series of glazes.

The work is Constructivist in style - an art movement that began in Russia after the First World War and led to the Bauhaus. The artists Gabo, Moholy-Nagy and Kudrjaschow have been particularly influential. Reference to architecture is evident in some paintings, while the grids are developed from the Golden Section - the universal law of proportion developed in classical Greece. The use of colour derives, in part, from a study of the stained glass at Chartres cathedral.

There are two elements at work in the paintings: a formal geometric structure, and an amorphous, intuitive use of colour and light, the aesthetic effects being the result of the colour being restrained by the structure. This can be further interpreted as the tension or balance between order and chaos.

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I sailed into Panormitis Bay, Symi, by chance one windy July day in 1993 and have been here ever since. The locals tell me that this is one of the miracles of St Michael of Panormitis. A BA graduate with majors in English, Philosophy and Classical Civilisation, the idea of living in what is to all intents and purposes an archaeological site appeals to me. Not as small as Kastellorizo, not as touristy as Rhodes, Symi is just the right size. I live on a small holding which my husband and I have reclaimed from a ruin of over-grazing and neglect and turned into a small oasis over the course of the past 22 years. I also work part-time for Symi Visitor Accommodation, helping independent travellers discover and enjoy Symi's simple pleasures for themselves.

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