Paul Richardson-Chute

Paul Richardson-Chute was born in Wallsend, United Kingdom in 1964.

Unemployed for 6 years after leaving college in 1981, occasionally working part time until getting his first full time work as a civil servant in 1987. He left the civil service in 2002.

In 2002, whilst attending a Turning Point recovery centre in Whitley Bay, he met and was mentored by the artist Jennie Spiers Grant, she recognised his abilities and urged him to pursue art in further education.

In 2002 he started his formal art education at North Tyneside College (Tynemet), gaining a Foundation Degree in Fine Art in 2005.

He spent a final year at Northumbria University where he gained a BA in Fine Art in 2006.

Paul considered his art education incomplete after the BA and was accepted to study for Master of Art in Fine Art at University of Sunderland in 2006 gaining his MA in 2007.

He now lives and works as an artist and art technician in North Tyneside, North East England.

Paul is a sculptor, painter, musician and poet, he plays guitar and bass guitar and sings in the band MEAMI with his two brothers.

Paul finds categorising his artworks uncomfortable but recognises that some frame of reference helps when talking about or describing art. In his own works he acknowledges many genre influences; abstraction, surrealism, arte povera, dada even and his works are also sometimes representational. His abstraction preference is that of process and randomness rather than aesthetic decision making choices.

Paul has exhibited nationally and internationally, most notably as part of a group exhibition within the European Parliament Building in Brussels in 2010 when he was a member of East Durham Artists Network. In recent years he has not exhibited, finding appropriate venues proved difficult as he has been engaged resolving some of his long standing explorations.

Paul was commissioned in 2005 to create a corporate sculpture, First Cut, for Miller UK Ltd, the sculpture is situated in front of their headquarters office at Cramlington, Northumberland.

Paul is in recovery from substance misuse, he states of art and recovery, “I got into recovery through art and I got art by being in recovery, they go hand in hand, I don't think I could be doing one without the other. Recovery is not the focus of my visual artworks but through poetry and music I find a voice.” He is a member of Artists In Recovery (AIR).

He was actively engaged within Changing Lives as a volunteer and facilitated weekly art/recovery groups at Gateshead and Blyth Oaktrees and at Northumberland Recovery Partnership at Blyth. However the Covid 19 situation brought this temporarily to an end.

Paul currently has a studio, in Cullercoats Artist Studios situated above the Co-Op building on John Street in Cullercoats, North Tyneside. He is a co-founder of the studios with fellow artist Bob Lawson.