Paul Herbert


After almost 30 years running his graphic design business (Graphic Eyes Limited), Paul decided to get back to some of his grass root passions of painting, carving and surfing.

At first it was like a 70’s retro time warp starting painting 30 years after studying at the School of Design, Wellington (1971-72), with the then artists influences such as: Robin White, Rita Angus, Gordon Walters,

Colin McCahon, Michael Smither, Don Binney, Brent Wong of which Paul would use guidance for his paintings some 30 years later. More recently Paul found inspiration in the style of Dean Buchanan, with his use of

simple shapes and colours to create his themes in a minimalism technique.

Initially Paul painted (2004-08) what he liked or was in the mood to paint, mainly photo-realism and exploring the medium of acrylic using his graphic design background of minimalism, an influence of Paul’s art teacher Robin White. The use of flat bright colours, simplifying scenes and graphic shapes... streamlining them back to the basics but Paul realised around 2008 that he was getting bored and unfulfilled so he wanted to develop a theme based on his passion of native wilderness, wildlife, environment, Maori whakapapa and surfing. Paul formulated a style heavily influenced by his skills as a graphic designer plus his fascination of nature’s wilderness and wildlife... so called “jumbled randomness” of shapes and colours. Paul reinterpreted these into an ordered imposition and repetition in his painting’s structure. Repetition of the Nikau palm allows forthis segmentation of the painting which reinforces his style of “ordered randomness”). Paul sits comfortably with this retro look of the 60’s & 70’s as it was such a new, exciting and colorful period of

his life, Paul is now endeavoring to portray in his current painting style. Paul’s first solo exhibition “Pathways” at Matapihi Gallery, Raglan, 2010 was very successfull and was a big learning curve for Paul, who is now planning his next exhibition.