Paul Westcombe

Paul Westcombe’s work – like so much great art – was born of boredom.

Working as a car park attendant on twelve hour shifts, Paul started drawing on whatever material came to hand – including the paper coffee cups he’d just drained in an attempt to stay awake.

These cups became the ideal surface for his drawings of the neurotic thoughts that can plague the mind in the middle of the night. With titles such as Sex is Boring with Me, You’re Hardly Ever Here And When You’re Here, You’re Bored, they form a self-deprecating running commentary on his drawings’ own unbridled visions.

Empty time passed in humdrum employment is given transitory meaning through these small acts of creative resistance.

Paul Westcombe lives and works in London. He has exhibited widely, including the Royal College of Art, London (2007), Liverpool Biennial (2010) and the Whitechapel Gallery Open (2012) and A sould twirler booms trout wet (2010) at Wimbledon School of Art, London.