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As an artist I have always been acutely sensitive to my environment and physical space. My work is a personal response to and exploration of the forms, spaces, light and color that surround me every day. This was true growing up in the industrial north of England, and now in my adopted home of Los Angeles.
I am fascinated by the power of color. How it can reach deep into the unconscious to affect emotions, transport us to another time or place, disrupt perceptions and change minds. My work is intended as a portal, a way to tap into the trans formative power of art through color.
Paul Westacott is a British Artist living and working in the LA area. He grew up in the grey industrial north of England which informed the realism of his early work and studied painting at Cardiff college of Art in South Wales.
Moving to Southern California in 2000 proved to be a transformative experience for him like it has for so many British artists. The light and color of his adopted home became the driving inspiration behind his work, just as the grey, brooding Yorkshire skies had been in his youth. “The light and color of Southern California was a revelation to me. It was like someone had literally flipped a switch and turned on the lights.” As his palette became more saturated over the years, the exploration and visceral experience of color became the central theme of his work.
As well as his art practice he has enjoyed a varied career as a creative designer in the film and entertainment industries, and as a Disney Imagineer. He lives in Glendale California with his wife, two daughters and Jack Russel Terriers.
2020 - February - SuperFine LA. The Reef, Downtown Los Angeles, CA
2019 - Fall - Pasadena Art Festival. Downtown Pasadena, CA
2019 - Fall- Beverly Hills Art Show. Beverly Hills, CA
2019 - stArtup LA . The Kinney, Venice, CA
2019 - Spring - Beverly Hills Art Show. Beverly Hills, CA
2018 - stArtup LA. The Kinney, Venice, CA
1994 MA in Design for Film and Television from Kingston University. United Kingdom.
1992 MFA in Theater Design and Production from University of Cincinnati, Conservatory College of Music.
1988 BA in Fine Art from Cardiff College of Art. United Kingdom
Freelance Designer and Art Director for the Entertainment and Film industries.
Creative Designer & Imagineer - Walt Disney Imagineering. Glendale, CA
Video Game Concept Artist - Insomniac Games, Burbank, CA
Art Director - Warner Brothers World, Abu Dhabi, Thinkwell, Burbank, CA
Abstract painting, Code Art, Digital art, California Artist, Geometric Art, Color Field Painting, Hard Edge painting, Colorful paintings, Digital prints