Redridge artist impresses Italians with his artwork
A REDRIDGE artist has hit the artistic jackpot with his work showing at not one but two exhibitions in Italy.
Paul McNulty said he was delighted to receive a Facebook message inviting him to have his abstract art feature in an exhibition in Venice to coincide with the Venice Biennale next month.
"I was very surprised," he said.
"I have been doing art all my life but really focused on it since I collapsed from heart failure about three-and-half-years ago.
"My son told me to go for it but he had more confidence in my abilities than I did."
The 63-year-old artist received a further surprise when he was contacted by a gallery in Florence to showcase four pieces of his work there.
"I don't have to send the pieces over, but needed to provide high-res photos of them," he said.
"It's very expensive to send the art over there."
The sudden interest from Italian galleries has Mr McNulty slightly perplexed but grateful.
"I really don't know why this has happened," he said.
"The feedback I've had is that it is very different from others
"I use a lot of mixed media including impasto and bamboo satay skewers."