It is with great sadness that we report the death of Leo Keely, Paul’s long-time friend, who conceived this project. Many tributes have been paid to Leo, who worked tirelessly for the common good. Some of these can be found on Facebook and www.mynottinghamnews.co.uk Regrettably the website will shortly be closed down. Thanks to all for your support in the past.
We have a growing portfolio of works by Paul Waplington from the 1970s and 1980s.
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Welcome to our website. We hope you find it informative and interesting. If it leads you to spend a bit of money so much the better.
We are old friends of the artist Paul Waplington and we have set up this company aiming to sell prints of his works with any profits going to Paul, who now lives in Portugal. Paul can now do only a limited amount of painting and we are hoping to not only supplement his income, but draw attention to the unique, relevant and original work he produced and introduce it to a new audience.
There is a short biography of Paul by Julian Spalding here which shows Paul’s progress from a young boy on a Nottingham council estate to an artist with an international reputation. Julian Spalding is a writer and former museum director. He was born in 1947 and grew up on a council estate in St Mary Cray, South London where his upbringing shaped his future perception of the injustices that can spring from social inequality and cultural deprivation. He studied fine art and art history in Nottingham, and then pursued a career in museums, rising to become the director of art galleries for the cities of Sheffield, Manchester and, finally, Glasgow. His innovations included thematic art displays, participatory community programmes and internal management changes all aimed at making museums more responsive to their public. He established several award-winning museums including the Ruskin Gallery, the St Mungo Museum of Religious Art and Life, Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art and the Open Museum. He left the museum service in 1999. As you will see from the article, he is a great admirer of Paul’s work.
Paul’s output was phenomenal: he produced dozens of paintings and hundreds of drawings, many of which he just gave away. One of our tasks is to track these down and obtain high quality digital images which we can add to our portfolio. Register on the site here if you wish to be updated on new additions to the prints. Initially we are concentrating on Paul’s work in Britain but we are also introducing some of his Portuguese work.
Thanks for your interest – John Daniels and Leo Keely.
In recent years the principal dealers in original paintings and drawings by Paul Waplington is Big Sky Fine Art. They maintain a professional relationship with the artist and examples of his work are usually available via their website www.bigskyfineart.com They provide an expert friendly service and free delivery within the UK and to Europe, USA and Canada.