Paul Kessling

United Kingdom 1965

Abstract Art

Paul Kessling
Paul Kessling
United Kingdom
November 10, 2015
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Paul Kessling is a Scottish abstract art painter, born in Dundee in 1965. He is known for his paintings, rich in color, form and texture; and influenced by his training as a sculptor.

While young Paul Kessling was growing up, the artist’s father who was a Polish refugee, used to paint and visit the National Gallery with his son. His father particularly liked works by Leonardo Da Vinci, Francisco Goya, Rubens, Bosch, Rembrandt van Rijn, Picasso and the Cubists. That was Paul’s first encounter with the world of art.

Kessling attended Wimbledon School of Art in London from 1985 to 1987, where he studied sculpture, trying to separate himself from his father’s influence . Later, he received his MA degree from The Royal College of Art in London in 1989, under the tutelage of Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, a Scottish sculptor and artist, who taught in the Ceramics Department.

During his studies, the artist experimented and learned about various media. He won a traveling scholarship and studied the Eastern Island Statues, which resulted in a career shift to painting, the medium he has been exploring ever since, although he still regards himself as a sculptor who paints.

While studying at the Royal College of Art, the artist went to Conservation Department at the V&A and found the inspiration for his abstract works in the sketches by Constable, which display movement and the use of fluid colors. Paul liked vitality and Constable’s gutsy application of paint. Kessling’s works also feature movement and fluidity, and focus on the changing weather and skies. The artist works with wet paint, creates layers and polishes them off when they are dry. His works are influenced by landscapes and the places he has seen.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/VenueSolo/Group
2015Paul KesslingVale and Downland MuseumSolo
2014Paul KesslingModern Artists Gallery, Reading, BerkshireSolo
2013A Christmas Holiday ExhibitionModern Artists Gallery, Reading, BerkshireGroup
2013This is what HappensModern Artists Gallery, Reading, BerkshireDuo
2012Above above - Paintings from the British LandscapeModern Artists Gallery, Reading, BerkshireSolo
2012New Year SelectionModern Artists Gallery, Reading, BerkshireGroup
2009KESSLING VS. KESSLING - New work by Kate Kessling and Paul KesslingModern Artists Gallery, Reading, BerkshireDuo
2008To have, to want, to need to beModern Artists Gallery, Reading, BerkshireSolo
2007Additive AbstractionModern Artists Gallery, Reading, BerkshireDuo
2006The Land EscapesModern Artists Gallery, Reading, BerkshireGroup
2006All Things Homely 2006Modern Artists Gallery, Reading, BerkshireGroup
2005Christmas Exhibition - Face and PlaceModern Artists Gallery, Reading, BerkshireGroup
2003Paul KesslingJelly Leg’d Chicken, ReadingSolo
2003A Matter of TimeWiseman Gallery, OxfordSolo
2002Paul KesslingPeterborough Arts Centre, New HampshireSolo
2002Paul KesslingWiseman GallerySolo
2001Paul KesslingVale and Downland MuseumSolo