In conversation with Paul Compton

 

Black Horse of Sutton by Paul Compton

 

Paul Compton is a visual artist who lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.

Through his art Paul creates a magically haunting world for us in which to dwell.

This week I had a chat with Paul and this is what we nattered about…

 

The Phantom Limb by Paul Compton

 

Rona: Please describe your art for us.

Paul: I make drawings, prints, books and zines. I’m intrigued by the curious and dark aspects of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. I am continually interested in the occult, literature, folk lore and outsiders. I tend to suggest narratives in my work that blend sad and grim elements of life with humour.

 

R: Which of your art making tools is the favourite?

P: My old-fashioned dip pen.

 

The Parlour by Paul Compton

 

R: When you are making art what do you like to listen to?

P: I love listening to music / musicians that are either obscure or largely forgotten. It feels special to know that I might be the only person in the world playing their song at that exact moment. I adore folk, 80’s & 90’s New Wave and Goth Bands, theatre musicals, bluegrass, classical (Scriabin is my favourite), 1970’s Glam Rock and any obscure German Chamber music I can get my hands on.

 

R: Who has influenced or inspired you art wise?

P: Odilon Redon, Gustave Dore, Edward Gorey, Peter Blake, James Ensor, Paula Rego, Vilhelm Hammershøi and more recently Grayson Perry. The most inspiring artists are the ones I see exhibiting regularly in Melbourne. I see their work progressing and they inspire me to keep going and attempt to get better at what I do each time. They have truly unique and personal styles which I find very encouraging. These artists include Deborah Klein, Shane Jones, Petr Herel, Steve Cox, Rona Green, Sheridan Jones and Jazmina Cininas to name just a few.

 

To Possess You With by Paul Compton

 

R: Where do you like to go to see some art?

P: I love the NGV International, Hand Held Gallery, Australian Galleries, Sophie Gannon Gallery, c3 contemporary art space, Craft Victoria and Bundoora Homestead.

 

R: What are your favourite horror film and ghost story?

P: My favourite horror films aren’t gory ones, more subtle and quietly disturbing. The Omen and Rosemary’s Baby are my favourite bedtime flicks. My favourite ghost story involves the Black Shuck which is a fierce, ghostly black dog that famously appeared to a church congregation in Blythburg, England in 1577. It killed two people, caused the church steeple to collapse through the roof and as it fled into the mist it left scorch marks on the northern door which can be seen at the church to this day!

 

Bat / Saint by Paul Compton

 

R: Why did you become an artist, and what do you enjoy most about the artistic life?

P: It is the only thing that gives me a true sense of an identity. When you put on an item of clothing it is designed by someone else and someone else in the world might be wearing it too but with making art it is purely the amalgamation of all the things that interest, inspire and scare me most. I enjoy the feeling of accomplishment when I finish an exhibition because then I can move on to my next one!

 

 

If you would like to view Paul’s art in the flesh go see his exhibition Domestic Disturbance at Hand Held Gallery, Suite 18 Paramount Arcade, 108 Bourke Street, Melbourne, running from 28 June til 21 July 2012.

You can check out more of Paul’s wonderful work by clicking on these links to his redbubble profile and blog.

 


6 Comments on “In conversation with Paul Compton”

  1. Sharon Grumont says:

    Cousin Paul I marvel at your drawings will look out for your next exhibition …..fasinating stuff.
    I didnt get that art gene………not fair. from Sharon

  2. Dmetri says:

    This is a marvellous exhibition. Funny, grotesque and more importantly beautifully executed.

  3. I will sure check it out, thanks Rona

  4. I am glad you did this interview. Paul has been helpful in helping me resurrect my painting talent and I also find him fascinating and engaging whenever I go to Neils. Interestingly, I too have just sat through Rosemary’s baby and The Omen as I am going through a devil in the movies phase.

    • Rona Green says:

      Hey Mikhael – Paul certainly is one delightfully helpful purveyor of all things art. And if you are a bit of a movie buff may I suggest Demons by Dario Argento if you haven’t seen it (not exactly a ‘devil’ film but a gloriously gory nonsensical horror with perhaps the best human to demon transformation scene ever to grace the silver screen! check out: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089013/ for more info. All the best with the painting.


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