Born in 1968 Paul Cleden studied a BA(hons) in illustration at Kingston and Maidstone College of Art, after which he worked in London as a freelance illustrator. In 1995 he and his family moved to Dorset where he spent some years teaching printmaking and photography. Now he works full time as a printmaker, illustrator and writer. His printmaking work focuses on linocuts and collograph.
‘My linocuts are in the tradition of Lill Tschudi, Sybil Andrews and Cyril Power, and more recently Michael Rothenstein and Edward Bawden. I love to look at figurative movement; subsequently sports are often featured because of the dynamic shapes and action, but equally a crowd of rush hour people leaving a train, or people browsing Bridport market are wonderful inspiration.’
Paul’s printmaking work uses combination of multi block prints, reduction prints and lino etching, His work is mostly printed on Japanese Kozo paper. ‘This paper is very thin but incredibly strong which allows for subtle overlays and is very good to print with as until recently I have hand print all of my editions.’