Paul Oz is a British visual artist and sculptor best known for his explosive portrait paintings made with a thick layer of oil and acrylic paint, taking images of real people and fictional characters that we often encounter in the media and re-interpreting them in his distinctive style. He mostly uses large-scale canvas, and applies paint in layers and splashes, sometimes achieving up to two centimetres of thickness.
The themes of his work are inspired by his personal obsessions such as Formula 1, which he visits every year and being a sportsman himself he portrays the legendary drivers, such as Senna and Schumacher, in action and moments of contemplation. Similarly, the Star Wars saga has been a fond childhood memory, and his depictions of the characters has enabled him to become a part of the official Star Wars shows. His other sci-fi portrayals has included him in the 50 Years of Star Trek show, and similar.
He strives for his work to give off explosive energy through a combination of movement and expression, and that is immediately visible once you look at the work from a close distance. The closer one gets to a piece, the more the textures, shades and details becomes noticeable and appreciated.
Over the recent years the artist was featured in various solo and group exhibitions, including Solo Exhibition launching F1 in Singapore, Roar! in collaboration with Bristol zoo and 80’s KID and Rhythm at Imitate Modern.
“I paint what I like and would want on a wall” -Paul Oz for ArtAttack
Paul Oz has been officially licensed artist to James Hunt, Dennis the Menace and Ali, and he has been commissioned work for British Olympic Champions, Team Sky, Sir Alex Ferguson, Red Bull and Pirelli, among many others. His work has been regularly featured at the GP Ball, Monaco GP, Singapore GP, as well as Selfridges Oxford St, Harrods, and Goodwood Festival of Speed ITV4 show.
“Oz brings life and energy to his subjects, from real life influencers of the 1980s such as Margaret Thatcher to equally important fictional characters such as Yoda.” -Wall Street International
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