Even before he won his first County Art Prize at the age of eight, Paul was immersed into the Art World.
Paul’s father was a renowned architectural model maker so after College Paul joined his father in his business and assisted on many famous architectural projects such as the Grade 2 building Centre Point, on London’s Oxford Street, the Thames Flood Barrier and working models for the Concorde Pilot seat.
After a number of years working in the USA Paul returned to England when in 1990 he was commissioned by the Wiggins Group Plc., to produce a 650 ft long artwork hoarding for their South Quay site in London Docklands for which he was awarded The Evening Standard Environmental Award. In the same year Paul was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (F.R.S.A.)
Under the guidance of Derek Johns, ex Director of Sotheby’s and Old Master dealer in St. James’s, Paul decided to further strengthen his ties with the Fine Art market. In 1995 he undertook a commission for some very large Still Life paintings for the restaurant that became Gordon Ramsay’s Petrus. He followed up in 1998 with a solo exhibition in London.
Paul now lives and works in Leigh on Sea where he has his own gallery. His paintings of iconic figures such as The Rolling Stones, Michael Caine and Grace Kelly form part of many corporate and private collections across the world. Among other projects Paul has had many commissions from the likes of The Turf Club, Keith Richards and Brian May as well as doing the design and artwork for the Virgin F1 racing cars, commercial aircraft and even the Radio 1 roadshow trucks.
Paul is passionate about sharing and explaining his skills. He takes an active part in supporting children wishing to do work experience, tutors at schools, and demonstrates at Art Groups. In 2005 The Karslake Centre for Art opened at The Cornelius Vermuyden School and Arts College, Essex.
Apart from being a working artist, Paul has always been a life long “petrol head” and has a collection of vintage Lambrettas. In 2012 he bought a Bentley Mulsanne S and covered it in artwork depicting the British Empire to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. He is also a bass guitarist and singer and enjoys playing with his band.