Mad Skills Monday 016: Paul Hearn

Happy 2014 and welcome to Mad Skills Monday, where we showcase top work from young creatives to bring some creative inspiration to beat the post-weekend blues. This week we have some wonderful sculptures and collages from artist Paul Hearn.

Power tool: Black & Decker Workmate WM356
Power song: The Fall -  Touch Sensitive
Power snack: Twiglets

Paul Hearn is a fine artist who works with found materials, turning them into sculptures and collages. Wood, paper, image and fabric are collected – then assembled and reassembled – the sense of purpose here being that of bricolage. Heavily influenced by psychedelia and cinema, his artwork, by turns, playfully constructs facades that absurdly anthropomorphises inanimate objects. He has collaborated with many musicians, notably including Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, and has also used sampled music and sounds within his own art pieces.

For his recent MA course, Paul observed the connections between occult practices, popular culture and the arts. These were mostly realised through large-scale 3D pieces and installations.

Hierophant - a sculpture interpreting the character commonly found in many Tarot card decks.

Hierophant – a sculpture interpreting the character commonly found in many Tarot card decks.

Hierophant Reversed

Hierophant Reversed

His final piece, Teenage Quartet, is a collection of sculptures comparing pop music to the occult. This included a 7″ vinyl record intentionally scratched to constantly play the phrase ‘never stop’ over and over again.

An Alternative History - part of Paul's final MA installation comparing popular music to the occult.

An Alternative History – one of several sculptures crafted from vinyl records and their sleeves.

Ghost

Ghost

Rainbows or Sunsets

Rainbows or Sunsets

SONY DSC

Untitled (snowfall #2)

Untitled (snowfall #8)

Untitled (snowfall #8)

The Cold Hard Face of History

The Cold Hard Face of History

Paul graduated from MA Fine Art at Arts University Bournemouth and is currently based in the South coast of England. You can see more of his work at his website, Instagram and Twitter.

Want us to show off your mad skills? We’re always looking for young creatives, students and graduates to showcase for our Monday feature, so send us an email with some samples or a portfolio link with the subject line “Mad Skills Monday” to team@shellsuitzombie.co.uk and we’ll check you out!

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