Paul Forde Cialis
Paul Forde Cialis. Born London, 1959
I am a multi-disciplinary artist working as a painter, sculptor, and occasional film maker. Most recently I am exploring working with paint and collage.
Both current and archive works can be seen here.
‘’I have been a visual artist all my life and cannot imagine a life without creativity as its centre point.
The subject matter of my work often holds up a mirror to the ‘darker side’ of our natures and observing those aspects of the human condition can present challenges for me to produce,and the viewer to engage with... Even as a little boy I had no interest in producing the more usual child’s output of rainbows, gardens and sunshine, preferring (to the consternation of both parents and teachers alike) an array of early painting and sculptures completed entirely in black.
I never had an interest in the structure, or stricture, of a formal art education, and am self-taught.
In that respect I could be described as an ‘outsider artist’ if one needed a pigeon hole to reside in. For me, painting, in particular, is part internal documentation, part cathartic therapy and has been essential
in handling my own mental health issues.
Creating art is a necessary indulgence for me, but that said, I am vain enough that when some kindred spirit does find some points of interest, or the work strikes a chord with them, then I am gratified that I am at least capturing something of the universal in all of us. The works do contain allegory, humour and mischief,
and I hope this is evident.’’
My most recent series of ‘Fet’ painting/collages are based on sojourns into the complex, multi-layered world of sexual social-media. This relatively new ‘virtual sexual-world’ can represent an exhilarating liberation for the marginalised, or alternatively at its worst a dehumanising and even dangerous place to venture into for the unwary or naive … it is however, rarely dull.
I bring no moral judgement into the works, and they are simply the observations of a voyeur pulling back the curtain to glimpse what will possibly become the future of
human sexuality and connectedness.
These are interesting times to be living in.