paul horton’s art style, and character, finds its roots in his upbringing. his early life was difficult, as he grew up on a council estate in the 60s and 70s, suffering from ill health and finding it hard to fit in with peers at school.
he showed a talent for art from a young age, going on to study at the bournemouth school of art, where he developed his skills by following traditional art forms. his now iconic style was sparked by a visit to a puppet theatre in the 1980s, where horton was first inspired by the world and characters he saw.
horton’s roots in his studies of art allow him to use techniques and knowledge passed down from old masters and classic names. at the same time, he is compared with heroes of modern british art such as lowry.