Inspirational ceramic artist, Paul Cummins MBE is best known for being the artist that created the large public art installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, around the moat of the Tower of London to commemorate a century since the outbreak of the First World War.
An outstanding Derbyshire artist, Paul’s artistic style centres around unique ceramic flowers, combined with vibrant glazes and bold steel and wire. A specialist in ceramics and metalwork, Paul draws from both the natural world and his background in architecture to create stunning installation pieces.
The internationally recognised Tower of London poppy display, ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, consisted of 888,246 ceramic red poppies, each intended to represent one British or Colonial serviceman killed during the First World War. Paul hand made each one, even ripping out his own middle finger in the process, which truly shows the hard work and dedication he took in creating the significant art piece.
More recently, two key sculptural elements from ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, known as the Weeping Window and Wave, were preserved for the nation and taken on a tour across the UK by 1418-NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War Centenary. This tour saw the sculptures taken to 19 different locations across the UK, and was seen by over 4.5 million people.
As a result of the global success of the ceramic poppies, that were displayed between July and November of 2014, Paul achieve international recognition and has since received a number of high-profile commissions nationally and internationally. Some of his clientele commissions include works at the Duke of Devonshire’s Chatsworth House, the Derby Royal Hospital, Althorp Estate, Blenheim Palace, The Conran Shop, and the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015.
Paul is an incredibly well decorated artist, having received a number of awards for his outstanding creativity and artwork. Some of these accolades include being awarded the Hudson Heritage Special Award, Museum and Heritage Award, Hero Award at the Help for Heroes Awards, Best British Cultural and Creative Innovation Award and was awarded Key to the City of Derby in 2015. Furthermore, Paul was appointed MBE in 2014 for his services to Art and Commemoration.
Drawing from his artist tendencies, Paul can provide a warm and insightful talk on how he developed and created his outstanding ceramic installations and the meanings behind them. Not only that, but he can provide a discussion on other artists and their work, as well as the importance of creating art that inspires others to do more, creates a meaningful impact or change people's thought processes. This is why Paul has become a high requested motivational speaker, interviewee and panellist for a number of different events.