The artwork of Paul Bowring - taking you on a journey into the unknown.
Beyond this point, there be dragons and beasties!
I know it's been a while, but I have still been creative none-the-less. Check out some recent illustrations from the last year or so on my Illustrations page.
Check out the illustrations for the Stripey Dee 2015 calendar on the Stripey Dee page.
I have just uploaded a brand new Stripey Dee illustration.
It's always a good idea to get the least creative work out of the way as soon as possible, so it is with anticipation of a busy creative year that I thought it wise to do an overhaul of the website.Expect More Stripey Dee meanderings plus a return to the darker stuff too!
Just had a marvellous review of my artwork by Barry John on his blog http://talkswithadevil.blogspot.co.uk So check out what he has to say about my work and also check his work out as he is an awesome sculptor and prop-builder with a penchant for dark imagery!
The artwork for the new Stripey Dee calendar can be seen in the Stripey Dee part of this website (website information amended 10 Feb 2013). It is now available to buy via The Paintdistresser shop on Folksy.
I have updated the Stripey Dee section (website information amended 10 Feb 2013) to show all the Stripey Dee images, including a sneaky preview of the ones for the 2013 calendar. More artwork to follow shortly, including paintings, drawings and illustrations.
A solo exhibition of paintings from the last 10 years:
Wednesday 31 August 2011 to Friday 30th September.
Launch Night: Saturday 03 September 2011 6pm to 11pm
Come and join me for a drink or 2 on the launch night, in this real ale pub in central Derby
Crompton Tavern, 40 Crompton Street, Derby DE1 1NX
Go on, you know you want to come! As a reward I'll throw in a printable statement
The Crocus Gallery's artists have crossed the border and are headed for the The Crompton Tavern in Derby. Their artwork will be on display from 01 to 27 March - and the Pivate View will be on Friday 04 March.
If you wanna buy a Stripey Dee calendar there are now only 4 left, so go to The Paintdistresser's shop on Folksy.com
I have created 12 charming illustrations for a calendar, so what are you waiting for? Go and check them out in my 17 Nov 2010Stripey Dee section.(website information amended 10 Feb 2013)
I have 4 new paintings which I am premiering at an exhibition of artists who volunteer for the Crocus Gallery in Lenton, Nottingham. This exhibition opens with a Private View on Thursday 18th November from 6 to 9pm (all are welcome to join us!) and runs until 2nd December. Alice Thickett and yours truly curated this exhibition which features 7 artists including ourselves and whose artwork includes painting, collage, sculpture, video and installation. So do pop along and check us out.
There is now a selection of small, affordable drawings alongside bookmarks and handmade books by The Paintdistresser on Folksy.
Bookmarks and handmade books by the The Paintdistresser on Folksy for a few pounds each. There has also been a few tweaks on the site including the naming of the Rites and Rituals series from last year (about time you say!) a revamped logo and a couple of up-coming exhibitions. Have a browse!
I am pleased to be taking part in Sherwood Art Week (doing what it says on the tin), which is a week of art in Sherwood
(a suburb of Nottingham, so not in a forest or anything!) starting on Friday 19th June and culminating in the Sherwood Festival on Saturday 26th June. There's going to be loads
of art in shop windows, houses, churches, community centres, etc plus the festival will have loads of bands, stalls and activities. Check the
Sherwood Art Week blog and the Sherwood Festival website for a full rundown
of what's happening (loads of workshops and family-friendly fun things to do!) it's going to be a real community-wide event. Not only will I be exhibiting at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre,
I will also have paintings in the window of Laurie's Greengrocers on Mansfield Road (thanks Soroosh!) and The Sherwood Cobbler on Haydn Road (thanks Paul!).
I'm also selling drawings and prints at the Secret Garden Craft Fair. Plus (if that wasn't enough!) I'm sharing a stall at the Sherwood Festival.
I have 7 new paintings in my Painting section - 5 of which are on plywood.
Danse Macabre has locked on your co-ordinates so prepare to be beamed aboard as The Pit of Curiosities enters this sector on 12 February 2010.
Yes the future is around the corner. Expect aliens, mutants and science gone wrong in this second outing of Danse Macabre's Pit of Curiosities taking place in the
Pit and Pendulum in Nottingham. It's sure to be fun and you get to wear your best silver wigs and shiny jump-suits!
Wow that was a whirlwind experience - 2 cities in 2 weeks. Fortunately no witches were crushed under houses in the process! You can check out the photos of both exhibitions if you head to Facebook or MySpace.
Yes, Danse Macabre is at 3 Mount St, (map) in Nottingham from 12 to 16 November (private view 14 November) and at Orbital Comics, (map) in London from 19 to 23 November (private view 21 November). For more details about the venues and the artists involved visit the Danse Macabre website. Both private views are guest list only - so hurry if you want to see the artists up close and personal! (It's free but you need to email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place.)
Ok, Ok, I know it's been a while, but I have been busy. Danse Macabre is coming to Nottingham and London this autumn and the Danse Macabre crew have been busy planning those events and yes it looks like a follow up to the Pit of Curosities is steaming into view on the horizon (February 2010). I have still found time though to daub more paint around and have come up with 12 new canvases called Rites and Rituals for your delight which you can see in the Painting section (website information amended 10 Feb 2013).
At last, what we were all waiting for... the video evidence of the strange shenanikins at the Pit of Curiosities! Courtesy of Michael Ross:
Watch it on YouTube
The Pit of Curiosities has been and gone, leaving a few more warped minds behind in its wake... If you want to know what it was all about, but were afraid to ask, there is now photographic evidence on MySpace - opens in a new window.
The new year has barely begun, yet Danse Macabre has an event to titillate and tantalise!! Using a heady mix of live art, burlesque, music, magic and illusion Danse Macabre will be recreating, for one night only, their Victorian sideshow-inspired Pit of Curiosities. Be: ASTOUNDED by the living Feejee Mermaid, MESMERISED by the feral Tattoed Lady, ENTRANCED by the fragile Living Doll, AWED by the graceful Conjoined Twins, and ENCHANTED by the mysticism of the Oracle! All located in the suitably atmospheric basement of the Pit & Pendulum pub, located in the centre of Nottingham. Pit of Curiosities is part of Nottingham City Council's programme of Light Night events. The price - just £1.00 on the door.
If you're stuck for something to buy this Xmas, a copy of Haven would perhaps go down well! Necronoclast's Greg Edwards commissioned me to do a drawing for their new album Haven which is out now. The drawing is located in the centre-spread of the booklet - I won't tell you more about the drawing image just to make you go and buy the CD!!!!
Well, we had amazing feedback from visitors to the Danse Macabre 2008 exhibition. The general view was that it was an even stronger show than 2007. Obviously Matt, Charlotte and myself
were mildly chuffed at that! We managed to coax over 200 guests to our little soiree on 31st October, to sample cocktails, be dazzled by the prestidigitation of Dee Christopher
and swoon over Annette Foster's performance of 'Destiny'. So if you were there or came along during the week, then thanks for your support, if you weren't you'll just to make sure
that you don't miss the next Danse Macabre event! Either way, check out the photos from the private view: (warning contains fake blood!)
The photos are on MySpace - opens in a new window.
Yes, it's that time of year again! If you like your art dark, then come along to the Danse Macabre exhibition at View From The Top in Nottingham and have a gander. Sorry, if you're name's not down on the guestlist already, then the private view is chokka! But don't fear the exhibition runs from Wednesday 29th October to Monday 3rd November and is open 10am to 7pm and there's the added bonus of seeing a few of the artists and sipping some wine on Saturday 1st November. Try and discern the undead from the hung-over. You'll be drawn like ghouls to a corpse candle!
I bet you're wondering how I can produce new paintings and be co-organising the major art extravaganza that is Danse Macabre?? Well my genius knows no bounds (ahem!) I, er, just paint quickly - they don't call me The Paintdistresser for nothing (actually they just dont...).
Hope the new decor is as welcoming as ever! 4 new drawings are now on the website. I'll shortly be adding a couple of older ones, which have previously been overlooked, plus hopefully a couple more paintings
2 of me daubings are viewable from 23rd July to 30th August as part of Fresh Art 2 at VIEW from the top, come to the private view on Wednesday 23rd July from 6pm to 9pm and sup some vino, if you feel like it!
I've just uploaded 6 new paintings. 3 of which should be exhibited in Nottingham in the coming week.
It's going to be bigger, better, darker (if that's possible!!). The private view (sponsored by Basilica Music and The Pit and Pendulum) will be photographed by Trent House Studios. Expect coverage also in Zero Tolerance magazine.
Some of my artwork will be appearing very shortly in the Brewhouse Arts Centre, along with Jennifer Blant and Andy Cole in the exhibition Horizons. The private view is on 30th June and the exhibition is open to the public from 1st July to 2nd August.
I've just uploaded 10 new paintings. There's also 2 new drawings
The juggernaut that is Danse Macabre has been revved up and will lumber in to Nottingham in October, so be prepared! Other news is that I've loads of artwork which I'll shortly put up for all to see on this here website.
No sooner than I'd pitched up at my new studio space in Thingland I was generously offered an exhibition! Come along to The Forest Fields Social Club in the Sumac Centre. Exhibition runs from now until the end of March.
Yes, its all happening! I've just been a bit tardy in keeping you all informed. Just moved into a studio group called Thingland, in Nottingham, a stones-throw away from my old space but still had to lug all my work and paraphernalia up 3 flights of stairs! Will shortly be announcing dates of exhibitions as well as adding more artwork. Keep you all posted.
Well for the moment it is! Danse Macabre was very, very successful. Yes, Andy Hixon sold all, yes ALL his work in the exhibition. Of the 14 artists on show 9 sold work. I'll keep you posted on upcoming exhibitions, both mine and Danse Macabre as soon as I have more info.
The art is selling like hotcakes at VIEW From The Top. Check it out before its too late... Andy Hixon has just sold all his work! About 180 people attended the Private View on 30th October. There's a veritable selection of paintings, illustrations, photography, graphic art, ceramics and sculpture on display with original artwork from as little as £25. The exhibition runs until Monday 5th November. Come and meet the artists on Saturday 3rd November. Grab that unique Xmas present while you still can!
Charlotte Thomson, Matt Vickerstaff and yours truly have collected a coterie of artists to tantalise you with images of ethereal haunting beauty, as well as send a shiver down your spine.
If you live in Nottingham 4 of my new paintings will be on display at VIEW from the top as part of Fresh Art. All work for sale through - feel free to have a bid or BUY IT NOW!!!!!!.
Thanks to everyone who came to the New Beginnings exhibition at View from the top. If you couldn't make it, keep watching this space and I'll keep you informed of future appearances. In the meantime I will be uploading more artwork as soon as it is produced.
Thanks to everyone who came to the Private View. It was a good attendance at New City Studio's New Beginnings exhibition last night at VIEW from the top. Some artists have already sold some work. Not to worry if you couldn't make it, the show goes on until the morning of 14 May, it's conveniently located on 4th floor above Waterstones in Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham and is open from 9am to 7pm everyday except Sunday when it is open 10:30am to 5pm.
I promised I'd do it...and I have...finally....Feel free to have a look round. Loads of new paintings to peruse, hopefully more to come. New paintings are courtesy of a 5-month stint in New City Studio a studio space organised by City Arts in Nottingham. But now that's finished, rather than let sleeping dogs lie, I've acquired a new more permanent space to be-spatter! I'll upload new artwork as and when they arrive.
...well if you live in Nottingham that is! Some of my new paintings will be on display at VIEW from the top along with the other resident artists from New City Studio, from 1 to 14 May. All work for sale at affordable prices
Well you will be on 30 October of this year. It's a way off yet, but loads of time to feel the fear! At VIEW from the top you will encounter darkness, yes sir I say DARKNESS! Experience the Danse Macabre, a collection of unfeasibly dark and deranged artists (including yours truly) who have come together to disturb your every waking moment (at least for one week). I'll keep posting news on this.