An Anglican by religion, Paul has used
his images of Christianity as he remembers it as a child.
Over the years he says, he has become more spiritual
rather than religious. “This is my fourth exhibition,
but this one is unlike the previous ones. Earlier I
painted a lot of surrealistic art, but they always had
a spiritual bent,” said the artist. A few of the
paintings have been gilted, rather the canvas has first
been overlaid with gold and then painted upon, while
the rest are all oil on canvas and then varnished for
protection. Since Paul is also a design consultant,
it has taken him longer than expected to complete this
collection. “Four years, that’s how long
it has taken me to put together this show. I actually
stopped consulting for some time since it interfered
with my painting. I needed to focus on one aspect at
a time,” he added.
While the paintings have been framed using old teak
wood, the chicken eggs have been mounted on brass stands
placed in rosewood bowls and covered for protection
with a glass lid. These are priced at Rs. 6,000 each
while the paintings are from Rs. 12,000 to Rs. 54,000.
One of the interesting pieces is a nine-part series
titles ‘The Prophets of Paradise’ which
has been created using Paul’s own imaginary paradise
with strong Byzantine and Florentine influences. And
another depicting the Angel Gabriel and Mother Mary
is a three-part series. Paul takes the second part of
this show to Delhi in December and returns to the city
next year with his sixth show.