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Paul Hutchinson - Caput Mortuum

Paul Hutchinson - Caput Mortuum

Opening Night 12th February - Closing 8th March 2016

Paul is a self taught painter who has been living and working in Taranaki for the last forty two years.
Paul tends to avoid giving people a message with his art, however more recently, he has found subtle political overtones creeping into his work.
"We are living in volatile and disturbing times".

Caput Mortuum literally translates as death's head. Paul has reached an age where he is considering, not only his own mortality, but also the possible mortality of the human race.
Caput Mortuum is also a symbol used to denote a useless byproduct of an alchemical process, and it is also the name of a deep earthy violet pigment he uses in his painting.

Most of the paintings in this exhibition are of old glass bottles. Bottles are of course vessels to contain things. For Paul they also represent the old world.
"We look through them (through a glass darkly), and see things
distorted,reflected and refracted".

The local Taranaki Midweek paper ran an article on Paul and how he produces his colour pigments for his artworks.  This is an interesting read about a man dedicated to his paint!  Take a read by clicking on the link below.