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About the Artist Paine Proffitt

Born to journalistic parents in Phoenix, Arizona in the United States in 1972, critically-acclaimed contemporary fine artist, Paine Proffitt never stayed in any one place long enough to put down roots during his childhood, as his father’s career as foreign war correspondent for Newsweek Magazine meant shipping out from country to country every year or so. But whilst this might have had an unseating, detrimental effect on many youngsters, Proffitt took a different take on it and used this almost nomadic lifestyle to his creative advantage by focusing his mind on art throughout his formative years. Quite simply, the more he travelled the more he immersed himself into his drawing and painting to give him some form of familiarity and anchor amid the perpetual physical and emotional unsettling.

Eventually, and after having spells living in Vietnam, Lebanon, Kenya and several US cities, Proffitt’s parents made home Philadelphia, and he could finally pursue his artistic interests knowing that he had a base as such.

Works By Paine Proffitt

  • Cecil by Paine Proffitt
  • Ralph by Paine Proffitt
  • Casper by Paine Proffitt
  • Tiger by Paine Proffitt
  • Rives Gauche by Paine Proffitt
    Rives Gauche
  • An English Pedigree by Paine Proffitt
    An English Pedigree
  • Double Espresso by Paine Proffitt
    Double Espresso
  • French Fancy by Paine Proffitt
    French Fancy
  • Worth Waiting For by Paine Proffitt
    Worth Waiting For
  • Only One For Me by Paine Proffitt
    Only One For Me
  • Casanova by Paine Proffitt
  • 5pm Kingsley Street by Paine Proffitt
    5pm Kingsley Street
  • Taken Flight by Paine Proffitt
    Taken Flight
  • Late Day Siesta by Paine Proffitt
    Late Day Siesta
  • Mr & Mrs by Paine Proffitt
    Mr & Mrs
  • Not Today by Paine Proffitt
    Not Today
  • Not Amused by Paine Proffitt
    Not Amused

Proffitt received plenty of support from his parents who – with their strong writing backgrounds - were keen for him to follow this creative line, and on completion of high school he gained a coveted place on the Illustration course at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. Whilst studying – and spending summer teaching art at a children’s camp as part of the agreed curriculum – Proffitt met and later married his future wife, fellow British artist, Paula McArdle. Proffitt deferred on his course to spend a year out with McArdle, choosing to study at the University of Brighton instead; which gave the much-travelled Proffitt his first taste of English life.

12 months later Proffitt returned to America to finish his final year, successfully graduating in 1995, before moving back to Philadelphia to take up roles and forge a career as a freelance illustrator. Throughout this period Proffitt undertook visual work for a number of newspapers, magazines, book publishers and corporate clients, all the time constructing a reputation for offering quality compositional work. Proffitt continued in this commercially-savvy graphical vein for a further six years, before upping sticks himself and making a return visit to England as of 2001 as a married man with his English-born wife. On settling in the Midlands Proffitt took this opportunity to explore his more personal artistic side, and experimenting with subject matter, emotions and experiences, revelling in his new found artistic freedom as such. Creatively growing in stature and confidence this led to Proffitt sending samples of his art to one of the UK’s most prominent fine art publishers, Washington Green, who owner, Glyn Washington obviously saw something in Proffitt’s work that he liked.

When pressed on his influences, artistically-speaking, Proffitt is quick to name check some of the biggest players on the world stage, and there’s clear visual elements of both Chagall and Picasso in the American’s signature pieces, for sure. But then he doesn’t align himself to any one particular art movement, and believes that there’s illustrative overtones of surrealism and contemporary naïve art found in his work, alongside resolute echoes of previously noted cubism. Furthermore, and in relation to Proffitt’s recurrent collage effects, many observers have talked about Proffitt in the same illustrative breath as Fred Otnes. Incidentally, when manifesting his collage work Proffitt assumed the pseudonym of Nicholas Hudson Paine. Elsewhere, and the more obvious parallels with L.S Lowry’s northern working class themes have been recognized and commented on.

If any one specific inspiration has been discovered running through Proffitt’s hallmark work, then we would hazard a guess that it’s sport, with specific emphasis placed on the visual dramatization of football. In response to this claim, Proffitt adds; “Football is central to who we are and where we come from”, and there’s certainly reason to believe that an innate and unswerving passion for sport is found lying somewhere very deep within. Indeed, Proffitt’s sporting illustrative penchant has been rolled out in recent years to cover his Rugby World Cup exhibition, staged at Twickenham in 2007, as well as a growing number of commission invites dropping through the letterbox from football clubs keen for Proffitt to originate their match day programme cover art. In fact, established Midlands-based Premier League team, West Bromwich Albion were so enamoured of Proffitt’s unique style of artwork that they signed him up to create their programme covers from the start to the finish of the 2011-2012 football season, which culminated in the July 2012 exhibition at a local art gallery.

In addition to this Proffitt’s unique brand of sports art featured prominently on League One team, Port Vale’s 2012-13 season match day programmes (although his association with the Valiants goes back even further than that it transpires), while Scottish Premier League outfit, Aberdeen FC also illustratively profited from the artist’s bespoke artwork. And remaining on the subject of the Staffordshire football club, arguably its most famous and high profile fan, a certain pop star by the name of Robbie Williams is rumoured to be the proud owner of a number of original Proffitt canvases, as professional cyclists and fellow household names, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish in the aftermath of them both receiving two commissioned Proffitt paintings during the Stoke-on-Trent stages of the Tour of Britain were concluded in 2012.

Most recently however, Proffitt has taken time out from his sports-based work so as to put together a collection and subsequent exhibition on a series of gothic fairytale-inspired compositions – entitled ‘Broken Sleep’ – and universally acknowledged as something of a departure in terms of his illustrative default setting it would appear.

Latest Artworks

Framed Size: 203 x 216 mm
Price: £69.90 £34.95

Framed Size: 203 x 216 mm
Price: £69.90 £34.95

Framed Size: 203 x 216 mm