Paul Stokle In The Spotlight

"The Freedom to Explore."

Two styles have dominated Paul's thoughts for decades, one being the Abstract form and the other, Traditional. Quite a distinct difference between the two, in the visual sense and in application. The Abstract work, which, with the people who know his work, will instantly recognize his very unique, atmospheric, glowing palette of restrained horizontal linear paint effects, giving the painter a sense of 'controlled freedom' as he calls it, because the paint wants to do its own thing and somehow the painter has to make it work.

The thought process in creating these paintings was actually derived from his early work in the traditional style, using some of the lessons learned and was passed on through into the abstracts, such as recession, light, colour harmony and space. Although the traditional work has taken a backseat for the last 25 years, the skills he learnt for himself and four years tuition from his father, in his mind, cannot go to waste and must be passed on. 

Hence, keeping both alive as the exhibition shows, recent abstracts with new traditional work. But, this time, just for fun, he has added an extra twist to the tale in the form of Abstract Photography. These are a collection of strange photographic prints, all taken, all coming from the natural world, but most don't look as if they have.

"I stress, no photoshop involved. I like to work within the guidelines of working in normal photographic darkroom limitations." 

This viewpoint also came from his early years of painting when he was teaching himself how to see the beauty of the mundane, so to paint better and it has been developed over the past ten years in another medium, never shown or revealed before. These photographs make you wonder if they are real or not, have a strong sense of the abstract and a little disbelief. But, at the same time, most can be sensed or recognized for what it is e.g. water, clouds, etc.

"I am a strong observer of nature, recession, colour and light, it grows stronger every decade with more understanding and joy."

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