Paul Biddle : Rearranging Reality solo Exhibition 21st September – 21st October 2017

I am very pleased to announce I have a solo exhibition called Rearranging Reality at Argentea Gallery, 28 St. Paul’s Square, Birmingham, B3 1RB
It runs from 21st September – 21st October 2017
There will be images from my series Cabinet of Curiosity, Fantasy Islands and Out of the Obscure.

http://argenteagallery.com/exhibitions/rearranging-reality/

Here are some of the images that will be on show

From Paul Biddle’s Portfolio Cabinet of Curiosity

 

surreal swan sisters
The Swan Sisters

 

mama cocha Inca godess
The Marriage of Mama Cocha

There will also be images from my series The Archipelago of Fantasy Islands

https://paulbiddle.com/Portfolios/Fantasy-Islands/1

surreal depictions of Islands by Paul Biddle Artist
Nose Island

 

Handy Island

 

surreal monochrome image of Luminous Lint
The Luminous Isle of Lint

 

There will also be images from my series Out of the Obscure

https://paulbiddle.com/Portfolios/Out-of-the-Obscure/1

 

Mr and Mrs Jackdaw Haws

 

Crow Red Berry

Paul Biddle Exhibition: Dead on Arrival – Sat 23 Sep 2017 – Sun 05 Nov 2017

I’m very pleased to announce I am taking part in the Group Exhibition Dead on Arrival – the curious world of human and animal craft – Sat 23 Sep 2017 -Sun 05 Nov 2017

Main Gallery, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, Devon TQ13 9AF

http://www.crafts.org.uk/Events-(1)/Exhibition-Dead-on-Arrival-the-curious-world-of-hu.aspx

I shall be showing 7 images from my Cabinet of Curiosity series

https://paulbiddle.com/Portfolios/Cabinet-of-Curiosity/1

An exhibition of national and international artists/makers whose practice involves the use of ethically-sourced, human or animal remains. The work will show a depth of practice and will feature works of jewellery, sculpture, textiles, taxidermy and photography.

surreal,cabinet of curiosity showing the Moth Tree and Distillation and The Camel Bird
Triptych framed in renaissance type frames of the Moth Tree, Distillation and the Camel Bird

 

surreal cabinet of curiosity with birds legs
Travelling Cabinet of Curiosity

 

The Languid Lady Lepidoptera

 

The Deception of Turnips

The Deception of Turnips is a new image in my ongoing series The Paranoia of Fruit and Vegetables. It was shot on 4″x 5″ Fuji Velvia film in a single exposure on a Sinar P2 camera.

The Deception of Turnips by Paul Biddle Artist

First of all I constructed the set and painted it with ultramarine pure artists pigment. It gives an intense and super saturated colour and as it is matt it takes the light perfectly. I made an overall under exposed exposure with an overhead studio flash and then used fibre optics to paint the set with light in a painterly manner. You have to leave the shutter open and paint with light in total darkness in the studio and once you have tried it a few times you become used to the technique. I have been using this technique on some of my images for over 20 years if I feel it is needed to enhance a particular image.

I was inspired by 17th century Dutch and Spanish still life painting because I loved the way these painters used light to add magic in their work. Much of my still-life lighting technique has been inspired by these artists. The three flies were added after the image was shot in Photoshop because of the difficulty in training real flies to sit still for long exposures.

Google images of 17th century paintings

You can see more of the seres here

https://paulbiddle.com/Portfolios/Fruit-and-Vegetables/1

Photographer Self Portraits

Many photographers I have met, including me, dislike having their photograph taken. I always say I prefer being on the other side of the lens and make a joke about photographs stealing your soul which often works. I remember the first Photography Awards I attended in London, at least 50% of the photographers shambled up to the stage, some scowling and looking incredibly nervous, grimaced when having their picture taken by the press. I did exactly the same although in reality I was elated, over the moon that I had won an award. As soon as I was off the stage I wore a big grin for days.

So what makes us react like this? Is it because the photographer is usually in control of the picture making process and doesn’t like relinquishing it?

Are self- portraits just a posh name for Selfies?

Here are three of my self portraits:

Self portrait of Paul Biddle surrealist photographer
Self portrait of Paul Biddle and Jackdaw
self portrait of Paul Biddle as The Collected rather than the Collector
Self portrait by Paul Biddle.He has placed his own head inside a bell jar as an exhibit like in his Cabinet of Curiosity series. The Collector becomes the Collected.
A self portrait of Paul Biddle surrealist photographer with a locust perched on his opticians glasses with enigmatic alphabet letters throughout the image.Sepia print.
Self- Portrait with Locust and Letters

Many artists have made self-portraits – look at the Vasari Corridor in Florence, Italy. It’s an elevated closed corridor which connects the Palazzo Vecchio with the Palazzo Pitti, designed by Giorgio Vasari for Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici in 1565 and it has artist self portraits lining it’s walls. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasari_Corridor

 

Reclaim Photography Festival to exhibit The Figure Flinger by Paul Biddle.

I’m very pleased to announce that my image The Figure Flinger will be exhibited by Reclaim Photography Festival 2017 in the group exhibition Reclaiming Our Cultural Landscapes. It will be exhibited at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (6 – 21 May 2017) and Wolverhampton Art Gallery (23 May – 7 June 2017). My latest series is about Cabinets of Curiosity and Rooms of Wonder. It’s about Man as avid collector and pillager of the Natural World to the detriment of that world, as symbolised by the Dodo.

I have photographed many Natural History Museum exhibits and locations or any interesting items that I find on my travels and the idea of compositing them back in the studio seems appropriate as these Cabinets often contained fakes and Jennys (the fabulous creations constructed by combining parts of different creatures). So the fact that I create these strange and Curious items is entirely in keeping with the tradition.

https://reclaimphotographyfestival.org

http://www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/bmag

http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk

You can see more of The Cabinet of Curiosity series here :

https://paulbiddle.com/Portfolios/Cabinet-of-Curiosity/1