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Painter Paul Bywood wins Guildford Art Society's best in show at 80th anniversary exhibition

PUBLISHED: 14:59 29 January 2013 | UPDATED: 22:40 20 February 2013

Painter Paul Bywood wins Guildford Art Society's best in show at 80th anniversary exhibition

Painter Paul Bywood wins Guildford Art Society's best in show at 80th anniversary exhibition

AS Guildford Art Society celebrated its 80th anniversary with an Autumn Exhibition at Guildford House Gallery, a 70-something member was delighted to win Best in Show.

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine January 2013


AS Guildford Art Society celebrated its 80th anniversary with an Autumn Exhibition at Guildford House Gallery, a 70-something member was delighted to win Best in Show.


Describing it as among his proudest achievements to date, Paul Bywood, 75, who lives in Hindhead, won the award for his work The Fosse.


I have always been fascinated by the beauty of the natural world, ever since I was a boy, says Paul. My career was in industrial chemistry, including the product development of paints. It has been a joy, since my retirement, to be able to combine these interests through oil painting and winning the public vote in Guildford Art Societys exhibition has to be one of the achievements of which I am most proud to date.


Paul often finds inspiration while walking with his grandchildren near his home in Hindhead, with the Devils Punchbowl and Hindhead Common particular favourites.


From Hindhead Common, you have huge open views in every direction, and the quality of the light is fantastic, he says. But in reality, it is difficult to lose inspiration in an area so gifted in verdant woodland, where goldfinches outnumber sparrows and starlings. We are privileged to live within this gem.


Its no surprise then that much of Pauls work is about the interaction of people with their environments, often featuring walkers dwarfed by the immensity of the surrounding landscape.


I am 70+ years old but not dogmatic about my work, he concludes. I am satisfied to allow observers to draw their own conclusions.


I bring my emotions to my paintings and if I manage to convey just some of those feelings to the observer, then I consider it a job well done.



  • For more information about Guildford Art Society and their latest events, visit guildfordartsociety.org.uk

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