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David Paskett
David Paskett "I work for long hours, day and night, in my studio with only Radio 4 for company. "

The sounds and voices informing, conversing and entertaining keeps parts of my mind occupied while other parts are helping my hands with the practical business of painting.

The remote control is always at hand to cut off irritating cookery and money programmes. I may even occasionally opt for silence or switch to Radio 3 or a CD for music. However, music is more inclined to stir up emotions and cause me to lose my equilibrium.

Programmes like In the Psychiatrist's Chair, From Our Own Correspondent, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Four Corners, Round Britain Quiz, Word of Mouth, etc enrich my days. Where else in the world can one hear quality stuff like this, interspersed with news, at reasonable times of the day and not have to stop working?

Living in Hong Kong in the 1980s, I was comforted weekly when my little battery transistor radio hanging in the window grill would transmit the omnibus edition of The Archers to my studio. Now, when I look at my paintings from this period, The Archers theme tune mingles in the memory with songs of crested bulbuls, the rattle of cicadas and the rumbling of the air conditioner and dehumidifier.
Born in 1944, David Paskett studied at Hornsey, Exeter and Liverpool Colleges of Art. His paintings are in many private collections, including HRH The Queen Mother, The Hong Kong Jockey Club, Shell, Jardines, Chase Manhattan Bank, Honeywell, The Hong Kong Tourist Association and The World Bank.

Paskett is one of England's leading watercolourists and has been awarded many prizes including those from The Sunday Times, The Hunting/Observer Prize and The Royal Watercolour Society.

David Paskett lived in Hong Kong from 1986 to 1990 and China continues to be a major source of inspiration for his meticulously detailed and atmospheric paintings. Glimpses of everyday Chinese life, translated through David Paskett's personal and sympathetic vision, make compelling and dramatic images.

David has had over a dozen one-man shows in Europe and Asia. He was the winner of the Queens Award 1965. Paskett had a long career in art education but has devoted himself to his own painting on a full-time basis since 1986. He was elected an Associate of the Royal Watercolour Society in 2000 and a full Member in 2001.
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