Paul Dewis

Paul Dewis works predominately in wood cut, creating dense, multi-layered prints. An overriding theme is the presence of a screen, or barrier, of having to look through something to find meaning.
The process of layering, inherent within printmaking, and in Dewis’ case specifically the woodcut, is able to reflect this. Layers can both develop the image and can be introduced to obfuscate it.
Analogue photographs taken on cheap cameras, pin hole cameras, and unpredictable images built up unseen through in camera multiple exposure and time in the darkroom can act both as the starting point for Dewis’ work and inform his process.
The woodcuts are made from reductively cut blocks, sometimes multiple, usually a mixture of both and often with a digitally printed layer.