My heart quavers a little when I find out that a friend makes art, writes, or plays music. Because the concern always is, what if they are no good and I have to pretend I still like it? I am a rotten liar. So when Fiona mentioned her husband was a painter I was worried. And then, I took a look at his work, and was hooked.
Paul creates under the name Earl Diablo’s Artistic Extravaganza, and paints the most wonderful, lively pictures of nightclub and street scenes featuring a cast of dark 50s characters – mariachi bands, gangsters, femme fatales, bikers, teddy boys and Day of the Dead skeletons. They remind me a little of the Dutch American artist Willem de Kooning, with that same sense of movement and colour, but underneath it all a sense of darkness and menace.
Paul doesn’t have a website yet, but you can get in touch via the Earl Diablo’s Artistic Extravaganza Facebook page. His prices are exceptionally good so now is a great time to snap up his artworks, because as he gets better known they can only increase in value. In fact as soon as I am able, I will be buying one for myself. He also undertakes commissions, if you have a special subject you’d like painted.