Paul McGowan is a Margate born well renowned artist whose work has been featured in publications such as The Guardian, The Times, The Evening Standard, Creative Review, BBC and many more to add to the prestigious list. His credentials speak for themselves with his artwork collected worldwide. Paul is widely regarded as a very serious political artist. Having been arrested without charge on numerous occasions over the years, it is no wonder his views are very anti establishment. Paul has also had many of his shows raided by riot police. These incidents have been documented in headlines worldwide.
Over the past four years Paul has been rebuilding his catalogue of work. This included a collaboration with the charity “War Child” titled Trigger Finger, which confronted the plight of children living amongst the horrors of war, depicting a biomorphic vision of children using weapons of violence. The message was clear, expressive and riotous.
The man on a mission, known as a serial collaborator who often operates under various aliases’ continues to make movements with other artists and creative outlets spanning across different forms of media. Working with Legendary American Guitarist Gary Lucas releasing an audiovisual collection in synergy featuring a limited edition 7 inch single on vinyl. The relationship continued, producing artwork for Gary Lucas & Gods and Monsters titled “Ordeal of Civility”.
Having been part of a power network consisting of street, graffiti and contemporary artists and musicians for many years. Paul was included in London West Bank Galleries 2013 and 2014 historic urban art auction, Staged in the Houses of Parliament alongside Banksy, Inkie, Shepard Fairy amongst others. The annual charity event “Smile Britannia” benefits disadvantaged London communities and fights AIDS amongst other activities. The event uses art to raise much-needed funds for charitable organizations, the Last Night a DJ Saved My Life Foundation and Temwa.
At the age of 19 Paul produced a fashion label as a dare prior to studying art, soon after he was titled the youngest designer to have a collection bought by the legendary London fashion house Browns. Like a Phoenix, resurrecting from the ashes and reigniting a fire from his youth, Paul’s artwork was recently used for fabric designs in a fashion collaboration produced by religion clothing for London West Bank’s annual “Urban in Ibiza” exhibition. This features work from the galleries power network of contemporary urban artists.
Paul very rarely releases any of his artwork through galleries. Usually everything he creates goes direct to collectors of his work. We are very honoured to be one of the few able to show his work.