Bio for Paul Loughlin.
Paul displayed creative abilities from an early age, particularly in copy sketching/drawing, woodwork and metalwork.
Unfortunately at that time it was not considered a viable option by his mentors to pursue a career in ‘the arts’.
As a child an inspirational uncle motivated and encouraged the pursuit of working with wood.
His uncle was a skilled cabinet maker and well respected local master builder.
Outlets for creativity have found expression over the years in such fields as: furniture design & construction; building projects; including managing a large extension & renovation of an old cottage; designing and building various outbuildings.
As a professional Industrial Engineer, a talent for problem solving was honed over the years.
This includes having ten inventions to date. These were a mixture of ‘inspiration and perseverance’.
A short course in sculpting in clay was undertaken in 1987. Although the bust was considered a good likeness to the subject, unfortunately it was never either fired or moulded & cast. It eventually dried up, cracked and disintegrated.
Paul’s son Jason, recalled and greatly admired the bust sculpture of that particular lady. Jason had known her between ages 4- 6. It was Jason who encouraged Paul to take up sculpting again, in 2010.
This is an interesting ‘role reversal’, - Paul having strongly encouraged Jason as a child to pursue and develop his own abundant creative abilities. Jason subsequently obtained a degree in ‘product design’ from London University.
Inspiration for new pieces is drawn from a wide variety of sources, and reflects the sculptor’s interests, passions and life experiences.
These include: nature; movement; an interest in ‘forces in the universe’; esoteric; martial arts; humour; appreciation of physical beauty and dexterity; admiration of specific highly accomplished charismatic people.
A belief that one develops ones abilities by rising to a challenge, and pushing oneself, is reflected in the varying degree of complexity that some of Paul’s pieces display.
During 2013, Paul undertook a course to study glass fusing. This is a fascinating art form, offering many creative new avenues of expression.
It is gratifying that some very experienced and accomplished sculptors have been willing to offer both advice and encouragement to Paul during his development as a sculptor.
Paul has recently undertaken art classes. The reason was to improve the hand/eye synapseses. In sculpting most often, one is working from a 2D picture. In art classes we were working from a 3D model to a 2D picture.