Paul Woods, “Gallipoli”, Oil on Canvas, 2015
Paul Woods is an Irish artist who graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design with a BA Honours Degree in fine art painting. He has exhibited in Ireland, America and Poland. His artwork up to date is a visual compendium and evaluation of the tragedy of life lost in warfare. Woods paints about personal, collective and universal histories.
Paul Woods’s work is about the past and memory, and war –or, to use Wilfred Owen’s phrase, “the pity of war” –a theme to which he continually returns. Often on a large scale, his artworks combine painting and photographic techniques to produce multi-layered images. Through his work, Woods intends to stimulate a dialogue on the role of art in the process of familiarizing and contextualizing history and its cyclical nature.
Paul Woods has traveled and researched extensively on the subject matter of war and conflict, from battlefields in Europe, Asia and North America, Auschwitz in Poland to the Kwai River in Thailand