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Paul Bishop's Wall Art

Paul Bishop's Wall Art
Meet Paul Bishop, the founder of The New English: an edgy designer with an individual twist on ceramics. He tells us about his favourite wall art piece being the ‘Great White Shark’ and how he has always been a collector of art and someone who appreciates contemporary art in particular.

When speaking to Paul, we asked him where his idea for wall art came from and why he wished to create such pieces.  He explained that he values the significance of displaying plates as a reflection of one’s personality and its sense of permanence and craft. Having the ability to “bring wall art into the environment allows individuals to reflect what we consider to be art today”. Paul also commented that he likes the idea of plates being primarily a utilitarian object yet which can also serve another purpose, taking on a different life as ‘trophies’ which are to be displayed as much they are used.

Regarding his wall art, Paul describes it as giving new value and meaning to plates. Taking an object which functions horizontally and transforming it 90 degrees creates something new: from utility to art, from function (horizontal) to form (vertical). It is another way of incorporating contemporary art to match a contemporary lifestyle and interior. “Everyday objects in art, art in everyday objects” – Tectonic Plates Book.

It’s always interesting to know what inspires an artist and the reasoning behind their artwork. Paul’s wall art designs currently cover a wide variety of themes. For example, ‘England Skull’ is an extension of Paul’s fascination with skulls, a fascination which shows itself in the many mugs he designed for The New English. Also, commenting on the use of the red cross and how all products at The New English are made in England, Paul highlights that this “connects all of us, regardless of who we are” – without being too nationalistic.


On the other hand, Paul describes his inspiration for ‘The Philosopher’ as “simply looking for an interesting face” demonstrating the versatility of inspirations and artwork. He recommends ‘The Philosopher’ as a great piece for bedrooms and a soft environment similarly to the ‘England Skull’ which is a great talking point in open spaces such as a café.

Paul adds that his choice of the ‘Great White Shark’ installation stems from a nature programme he watched on television and how it is an animal that is subject to myth, folklore and misinformation with the perception of ‘killing people’. He was inspired by the power of the Great White Shark and its size which he wished to encapsulate in a large piece of art hence the huge 120-plate art installation. In order to highlight the power of such a fierce animal, Paul chose to display the shark in movement, baring its teeth. This art installation is Paul’s favourite and we are looking forward to his next creations! When asked what we can expect from his new wall art designs, Paul excites us with his inspiration of a diverse range of subject matter all connected by the desire to create contemporary pieces with a twist.

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