Paul resides with his family in Sydney’s Inner West. This allows him access to the harbour where he is able to pursue the ‘abstract principles of the waterline’, which is a strong influence in his work. And so to, the waters that run their course through the Dordogne and the Lot regions, have lured the artist to purchase a French farmhouse and barns built in the early 1700’s. This idyllic setting provides the artist with the intimate contact of his European background. With annual family visits providing study tours, major exhibitions, close contact with contemporary artist friends and the contemporary art movements in general.
It’s the artist’s vision to develop his visual essays drawing on both these extraordinary waterside locations. Paul Battams says of his work: "What’s fundamental to my work is the ‘act of painting’. It’s the elevated experience during painting, that deepens my sense of self. That is the Spirit of painting. I seek to encourage visual openings, I try to extract the essential, to reveal the simple, to move towards the truth as I see it."
1953 Born in Bedfordshire, U.K.
1979 Moved to Australia and resumed studies. Began painting full time.
1969/71 Studied Advanced Level Art at Mander College, U.K.
1989 Study Tour- U.K. -Europe.
1972 Attended Eastbourne School of Arts, U.K.
1991 Studied in France with Carol Farrow. Visited Moulin de Verger, Richard de Bas mills.Visited craft workers/artists in Korea, China, India, Malaysia and hill tribes in Thailand.
1973/76 Awarded place at Camberwell School of Arts
1976 Taught ceramics for Inner London Education Authority.
1976/79 Worked as technical advisor and potter in Cambridgeshire pottery workshop.
1992 Studied paper-making with Carol Farrow, in France.
Awards, Prizes and Commendations
1963 Won National Calligraphy competition, U.K.
1971 Won design award for local society, Bedfordshire, U.K.
1987 Commended and Highly Commended, open section- Southern Cross Art Awards. Highly
commended, contemporary section- Drummoyne Art Exhibition, N.S.W.
1996 Highly commended, North Sydney Art Prize.