Paul Summerfield

A creative exploration of nature and post-modernity, daydreams, wonder and magical places in the urban landscape. Paul Summerfield migrated from England to Australia in 1981 when he was three months old. He studied Fine Art and in 2003 he moved to Canberra to study 3D Animation for Film at AIE. By merging his technical fine art training with his digital media techniques, Summerfield has developed a unique style that is vibrant and contemporary. Finding inspiration in the world that surrounds him, while living in Canberra, he became interested in the idea of nature and civilization juxtaposed and co-existing in harmony. Environmental issues are a central theme in his work. In 2004, Summerfield won the Highly Commended Award in the SOYA ART PRIZE for his painting Age of Wonder. In 2007 he was a finalist in the Soya Art Prize with his work Last Scientist. He has participated in several group exhibitions around the NSW Mid North Coast and in Canberra.

In 2008 Summerfield held has first Solo Exhibition, The Age of Wonder, in Canberra. This exhibition was highly successful and allowed him to travel to Japan with his partner for a year of art research and cultural immersion. In 2009 he returned to Canberra to hold his second successful solo exhibition, Secret Cities, which featured a body of work inspired by his travels in Japan. He is currently developing a new body of work for a third solo exhibition to be held in 2011, in which essences of both Australia, Japan and the fantastical are interwoven, with a vibrant colour palette. Paul Summerfield's limited edition prints are held in private collections internationally and all over Australia. His work is painted digitally with a tablet and Paul works closely with a local Canberra printer to achieve his unique visual style. All the works are in a limited edition of 15 and are printed with archival inks and paper.