Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Paul Sumner's sculpture has evolved over the years to become an expression of all his passions, not just his love of the medium of wood. He began more than 20 years ago as a traditional wood craftsman, making jewelry boxes and furniture. His interests branched out to explore the textural possibilities of weed, then to color, and on to the addition of other materials until his work became truly mixed-media.
Paul's most recent work involves combining metal with wood. An avid collector, Paul finds antique tins to be outstanding for their color and pattern. The tins also allow him the opportunity to explore the possibility of introducing words into the pieces. He likes to hint at meaning or humor using text he extracts from his tins.
His mixed-media bird sculptures are part of our "Flight: Birds in Art" collection, currently showing in Orleans (through July 19). His birds can be seen on our website.