Born in 1947, Paul Hedley was brought up in Chatham, Kent. He attended Medway College of Art from 1966-68, and Maidstone College of Art 1968-71 and was awarded the Diploma in Art and Design. Paul went on to receive a David Murray Landscape Scholarship in the summer of 1971 and was a prizewinner in the 1976 Camden Painting Competition.
Paul Hedley has been painting ever since he can remember. An education based on traditional art techniques of drawing and painting plus the French artists Edgar Degas and Edouard Vuillard have influenced his art.
His paintings and drawings show his incredible draftsman’s ability to describe the figurative form in the context of enduring and exciting compositions. A relaxed style capturing a moment in time together with a sensuous feeling.
Paul prefers to work in natural light, using sketches and photographs. He begins with numerous preliminary images which eventually leads to the application of tone and colour. His drawings are produced in a 'classical' manner on a toned ground in chalks often combined with watercolour and gouache.
Paul and his artist wife, the artist Dianne Flynn lived and worked in Normandy from 1989 to 1997. but are now living in Devon. Paul has been a full-time artist since 1989.
Paul’s work is in the collections of the London Borough of Camden, Queen Mary College and has also been have been exhibited in many major Exhibitions and Galleries, including the Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, New English Art Club, Hampstead Artists’ Council, Bath Contemporary Arts Fair and the Rainer Joniskeit Gallery, Stuttgart.