Paul Raymond Seaton

British  B. 1953

BIOGRAPHY

 

Paul Raymond Seaton

b. 1953 in Birmingham, UK; Currently resides in Uckfield, East Sussex , UK

 

Paul Raymond Seaton is renowned in the UK and abroad for his beautifully composed arrangements of English garden roses and old fashioned flowers. After receiving a baccalaureate degree in Mathematics from Exeter University, Seaton furthered his studies at Nottingham University with a special focus on obtaining a teacher’s degree. Shortly after enrollment he found himself compelled to leave the university in pursuit of a totally different vocation, that of an artist. Resolute in his decision he moved to the culturally rich city of London where he studied music and painting. Primarily a self taught artist, Seaton tirelessly examined the works of the Old Masters at the Tate Gallery and surrounding museums while immersing himself in the contemporary culture of the neighboring galleries. It was during this time that he began to draw more extensively and to paint the still life. In his words, “Still life painting became a means to an end - namely, to teach myself to paint.”

 

Inspired by the literary compositions of the Pre-Raphaelites, in particular, John Everett Millais, Arthur Hughes and Maddox Brown, Seaton connects with their use of color, finish and detail however he eschews the brotherhood’s devotion of the figure to that of the still life. Seaton’s archaizing floral compositions remind the viewer of the gifted French painter, Henri Fantin Latour, however the bounty that Seaton describes carries with it the modernist's sensibility of light and atmosphere. Seaton’s oils exude an ethereal beauty, each flower a complex web of marks resulting in a sophisticated unity of tone, color and form.

 

Paul Raymond Seaton is currently represented by galleries in the UK, United States and Australia. He has had solo exhibitions in London, Amsterdam and New York City. He has participated in group exhibits at the Whitechapel Gallery, the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, the Mall Galleries and the Royal Academy in London. His work hangs in many esteemed private and corporate collections around the world.