Every One’s a Winner
13 – 18 February 2018
Artist Paul Winner is to donate 50 of his watercolours to raise money for a cancer charity.
The painter, who lives at Warningcamp near Arundel, is donating the pictures to be sold to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. Mr Winner says he has suffered from ISS all his life.
“That’s not cancer, it’s ‘Irritable Scribbling Syndrome’, which means I can’t stop drawing and painting everywhere I go. Now, I have so many paintings some of them have got to go!
“So, I thought if I can do that and help Cancer Research UK – a very worthy cause – at the same time, I would be only too pleased to do it.”
The exhibition of Paul’s work will be at the Oxmarket Gallery in Chichester, from February 14-18th 2018.
The mounted watercolours, which feature local landmarks and scenes, including Arundel Castle, the Black Rabbit pub, the Arundel Festival and the Arundel-based Hanover Band, acknowledged as one of Britain’s best period instrument orchestras, are expected to sell for between £50-500 each.
Paul carries his sketching materials and watercolours wherever he goes and over the years has amassed an extraordinary collection of sketch books, paintings, drawings and prints, chronicling the places he has visited and the personalities he has encountered.
Those encounters include both the Queen and the former Pope, John Paul II.
When he met the Pontiff, Paul had of course been painting and offered him some of his hurried sketches.
Paul said: “The Pope said ‘Mr Winner, these are wonderful – but we do have other artists in the Vatican’.”
His many commissions have included one from the Home Office to be “Artist at Large” for the 2004 Holocaust Memorial Day and another from the Bosnian government to paint the bridge at Mostar to mark its re-opening in 2004.
Seven of his watercolours of Petra were also presented as lifetime achievement awards to seven spiritual leaders for their work towards world peace.
Paul, who studied law and went on to run two successful PR businesses, said “I call myself a pretend artist because I have never had any formal training and it hasn’t been my main occupation. But I love to paint, people seem to like my work and I just can’t stop.
“Hopefully, these pictures will bring in a useful sum for Cancer Research UK and I know that money will be well used to help save more lives.”
For more details about Paul’s work, visit: http://www.paulwinnerart.co.uk/index.html