New exhibition of Carlisle based illustrator and artist Paul Leith’s work, Technicolour Carlisle displays Paul's felt works for the first time, alongside a retrospective, exploring Paul's journey from creating illustrations for a brief to making art.
Paul Leith was born in South Shields and, following his training at Sunderland College of Art and the Royal College of Art, worked as an illustrator in London for 30 years. He created work for some of the biggest brands in editorial, advertising, print and publishing including the Radio Times, The Economist, British Rail and various household brands and supermarkets.
Sir Quentin Blake, one of Paul’s former tutors, described him as “an unusual talent which manages to convey atmospheres of retro art along with a personal voice. I don’t think I have ever seen anything quite like it and I still admire it now in its more recent manifestations.”
Since returning to the North of England, Paul has turned his unique view of the world to the streets of Carlisle, which he has called home since 2009. Paul is best known in the city for his colourful and vibrant public murals at Hammond’s Pond, Talkin Tarn and Hardwicke Circus. These murals have become a much loved part of the city’s cultural landscape.Paul Leith’s works begin with sketches of the streets and people of Carlisle he then uses these sketches to create large scale felt works of familiar scenes, presenting the city in a splash of technicolour.
Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to take inspiration from Paul’s infectious creativity and spirit with a large activity area in the gallery for visitors of all ages to create their own pieces of art. The exhibition will also present a retrospective of commercial works from 1966 until the late 1990s and a chance to see local filmmakers BOSC Production's inspiring documentary 'Leith' exploring Paul's journey from creating illustrations for a brief to making art.