Towards a State of Nature.

Bromley House Library. 3 March – 26 April 2017. Public hours: Wednesdays 2 till 4pm, Saturdays 11 till 1pm or by arrangement with the artist or

Artist’s talk: 29th March – 2 till 3:30pm.

A state of nature is a concept used in moral and political philosophy, religion, social contract theories and international law to denote the hypothetical conditions of human existence before societal formation. The title also refers to the R.S.P.B. report State of Nature 2016; a document created with over fifty other wildlife organisations to create a stock take of the U.K’s wildlife.

Towards a State of Nature consists of sixteen drawings, paintings and prints, the majority made in 2016/17. I currently utilise drawing and digital media to make small-scale monochrome works. The content may suggest animism and autobiographical memory through the creation of landscapes, focusing on specific sites as pockets of wilderness and intrigue. In addition, portraiture has recently become a relevant component of practice. To provide context to the exhibition, two publications by the teacher and etcher Robin Tanner and copies of the above report are displayed.

Born and raised in Hull, I live and work in Lambley, Nottinghamshire. My education includes a B.A. (Hons) Graphic Design and a P.G.C.E. in Art and Design Education. Career details include graphic designer at The University of Nottingham Medical School and several years as an art teacher.

Upcoming group shows include Impossible Views, British Geological Survey, Nottinghamshire (2017). Past group shows include Nature’s Ape, Syson Gallery, Nottingham (2016). Residencies include Quarrylab (2016).

Twitter: @paulharraway
Instagram: @paul_harraway

Bromley House Library.
Angel Row,
Tel: 0115 9473134

Click here for supporting audio mix by DAFT LADD using music, radio interviews and documentary material associated wth the show.