Paul Chester's latest collection of paintings express the fragile beauty of the rural countryside, made ethereal by flashes of recollection and visions seen only for an instant. Chester paints with oil and acrylic, building layers of painted glazes until a complex surface is achieved. Some of the paintings have a wide handmade frame which is part of the painting, serving as a window to enhance the depth of the scene.
His poetic scenes invite the viewer to step into a spiritual realm where nature is experienced as an emotional reminiscence rather than a precise physical location. His paintings brim with expressive sensuous colour as the artist interprets the universal scenes of an idyllic landscape.
Celebrating his 40th year as a professional artist, Paul Chester was born in Toronto and now lives with his wife and two children in a rural area of Peterborough, Ontario.