Queen Jack by Paul Oz
In the last few years he's created commissioned work for Instituto Ayrton Senna, The RPA, Team Sky, Jenson Button, Max Chilton, Sir Alex Ferguson, Theo Paphitis, James Hunts family, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Red Bull, Pirelli, Jake Humphrey, Wretch32 and JLS’s Aston among others…. and partnered with galleries, charitable organisations, leading rights holders and motorsport teams worldwide.
Around 12 years ago when browsing galleries for something bright to adorn the walls of a plain white new build flat and saying ‘I could do that….’ has turned out to be a seminal Oz moment. The ensuing experiments with a 4 pack of acrylics, and quickly rediscovered skill of making a subjectively attractive looking mess, has for sure been a turning point. Painting at weekends as a break from software brand development, his first solo show was in 2008, and he thought he was balancing things pretty well. However…. since focusing on painting full time early 2009, its all gone a little nuts….
Paul was alright at school (if he remembers correctly…), being able to replicate Monet’s style reasonably, draw pretty realistically in pencil, and winning a prize for something as a wee sprog. But – thankfully to be honest – he was persuaded to follow a more academic route. As it panned out, that meant that 15 years later when he started throwing paint around the initially spotless kitchen, that he could practice, learn and develop his style un-pressured – to gradually build up to the sole focus it’s become now, of being his passion and livelihood all in one.
Paul is perhaps not a textbook artist – his entire aim is for visual impact, to capture characters in a unique way that blows your socks off and to illicit a response something along the lines of ‘woooohhhhaaa!’. The beauty of creating portraits is that each one could mean absolutely everything or nothing at all to you….. but everyone has an idol, mentor, someone they’re a massive fan of or indeed love… its an absolute honour for Paul to be asked to immortalise them all in paint.
Paul strives for the impression of explosive energy, movement, expression and the maximum in 3D effect when he paints – several techniques combining for the end result. Every one is around 2cm thick oils in places (yes, he gets through a fair amount of the stuff) and pretty large scale, usually on board for a completely flat background so that the texture of the subject really comes out at you. He's fascinated with how perceptions change with distance – the biggest unintentional compliment he's had was that his work looked like porridge close up. Awesome!
He loves the challenge of painting, especially tricky commissions when he's asked to paint an image perhaps he wouldn’t have chosen himself. He's naturally competitive, probably from his background in sport – and for sure a big part of the enjoyment for him is constantly having to re-think, battling to bring a piece alive. He loves the PR and networking side of things just as much – and why to date, he manages that side of things himself.
A lifelong sportsman… many of his ‘eureka moments’ come on hours deep in thought out on the bike. Others from the oft completely random brainstorming over dinner with the Mrs, Ashley. There’s no such thing as a crazy idea any more…..
Featured at the GP Ball, Monaco GP, Singapore GP, Playboy Club London, Selfridges Oxford St, Harrods, Goodwood Festival of Speed ITV4 show… and a gallery near you. Patron to Its In The Bag (Testicular Cancer Awareness) and regular fundraiser for Cancer Research UK, Rugby Players Association, Clic Sargent and GOSH.