Paul Wardski is an award winning Artist Printmaker born and residing in London. BA Hons Illustration, (University of Portsmouth), MA Printmaking graduating with Distinction (UAL Camberwell).
Wardski’s practice typically engages with sites of contradiction that are local to him, and within those sites he searches for objects that have been left behind by past inhabitants. By exploring his own relationship with the found object and the space from where it is collected, he finds himself drawn to the tangible motif quality of the objects that have been left behind and discarded. The human element that used to be there is now gone.
Through multiple print processes Wardski creates fictitious interiors housed within an imagined landscape. Painterly surreal rooms and objects, distorted in scale, evoke loss and abandonment. The lightness of photolithography put through an etching press creates a ghost-like quality suggesting what is past. In contrast, the heavy graphic quality of screen-printing allows me to insert and overlay bold objects as motifs; these then speak a language of a decorative nature, creating a false sense of familiarity.
Paul has worked with print-studios across the UK and in Europe including:
Edinburgh Printmakers, Limerick Printstudio, Printclub London, East London Printmakers, Thamesside Printmaking Studio, Bainbridge Print, Vith-Haus Printstudio Austria, 3rd Rail Print Space, OBS Portugal.
Limerick Printmakers International Residency Award, Awarded by Jess Tobin
Clifford Chance Printmaking Purchase Prize, Awarded by Mike Taylor
Bainbridge Print-studio Graduate award for excellence in printmaking, Awarded by Lucy Bainbridge
East London Printmakers Graduate award for excellence in printmaking, Awarded by Susan Clarke
Bartolomeu Dos Santos Residency award for excellence in printmaking, Awarded by Professor Paul Coldwell