Paul Wicks is a survivor, an artist and an optimist.
In 2002 Paul fell ill with debilitating headaches. After being sent home with a diagnosis of migraines, Paul collapsed at home and woke up in hospital two days later.
Seemingly ok, Paul was about to be sent home when he suffered the first of three strokes. Weeks of tests, and the intervention of an eye specialist, revealed that he had swelling of the brain caused by a virus and was suffering from encephalitis.
For fourteen months Paul was paralysed and lost much of his sight and cognitive function. He listened to doctors tell him they were uncertain how much he would recover and that he would never work again. But even in those early and dark days, Paul decided he was going beat what was being thrown at him.
Today Paul is an award-winning photographer and artist, living in Kent in the UK. He has exhibited in prestigious venues such as the Saatchi Galleries London, Candid Arts London, Nucleus Arts and other galleries throughout the UK.
His work often captures the emotions, symptoms, stages of brain damage and isolation felt by suffers and acts as window for others to understand how brain injury feels.
He works closely with the Encephalitis Society, A charity supporting sufferers of this rarely known disease by helping to bring awareness to the 80% of the world who have never heard of it.
His passion and drive to always be authentic has led him to work with world renown professors, neurologists and organisations in order to disseminate the subject; ensuring his interpretations are as accurate as possible.
Born in 1972, Paul grew up among family and a tight knit community in Waterloo, South East London. Surrounded by tenacious, colourful characters who used humour as medicine, Paul developed a strong can-do attitude and the ability to see the funny in almost any situation. This start in life can be seen in many of Paul’s pieces. The saying goes ‘if life gives you lemons, make lemonade’. ‘What I Remember About Forgetting’ (2018) is a collection of beautiful and poignant images equal to the fizziest, fruitiest, thirst quenching lemonade you could imagine.
In 2016 Paul exhibited 2 pieces of work at the prestigious Saatchi Gallery London as part of the ‘Show you know’ exhibition showing the plight of sufferers of Encephalitis
He has also exhibited and sold Art at various Kent Galleries and has been placed in the top ten of National Photographic Competitions and had the backing of organisations such as the NHS, Kent County Council, the Encephalitis Society and various agencies on a project involving raising the profile of disabled people.
Since February 2020 Paul has been the study program coordinator for MidKent College Maidstone. Planning and delivering level 3 photography for the University of Arts London (UAL).
Study Program Coordinator and Lecturer Photography – Midkent College Maidstone. February 2020 – Present
- Planning schemes of work for Years one and Two.
- Planning and delivery of lessons.
- Record keeping and administration relating to lecturing position.
Photographer – Blind Luck Photography Sept. 2010 – present
- Meet with clients, plan and risk assess all aspects of shoot
- Document weddings, event, commercial and portrait photography
- Prepare images for print and web, then archive and send to client
- Featured multiple times in WOW magazine and various music scene publications
Clients include Fate the Juggler, Jukebox Monkey, Reptilia, Black Grape, Dodgy, Bluetones, Scallywags Nursery, Kidstreet Nursery and more.
Student ambassador UCA Rochester, University of Creative Arts. Sept. 2015 – Present
- Attend all meetings with staff and students to ensure good running of dept.
- Interview perspective students on enrolment days
- Assist with teaching
- Run photographic workshops and classes for visiting schools
Student Representative, UCA Rochester, University of Creative Arts. Sept. 2015 – 2017
- Be point of contact for students with any queries
- Refer to correct points of assistance in university; student support, counselling, mentoring or lecturers.
- Communicate with teaching staff on issues raised
- Assist with teaching support
Photographer, Maidstone Fringe Festival, Make Some Noise Promotions. Yearly since 2010
- Meeting and planning with organisers
- Travelling around town to various venues at specific times to capture acts
- Editing and supplying to publicity team in a timely manner.
Exhibitions and Awards
2019 London Exhibition -Free range, Truman Brewery.
2018 London Exhibition – Eye Candy, Candid Arts
2017 Exhibition. Beyond Photography Exhibition. Chatham House, Chatham Kent
2016 Exhibition. “Show You Know exhibition” Saatchi Gallery London
2016 Runner up in ‘Show You Know’ Art Competition. Worldwide.
2016 Three images adopted for Encephalitis society charity calendar.
2016 Exhibition. Permanent display of work ‘Last Supper’ at Head Quarters of The Encephalitis Society
2015 Publication of music portrait ‘Fate the Juggler’ in R2 magazine
2014 Showcase image on photography website Purple Port (as voted by members)
2014 IgersKent Showcase image for ‘Herne Bay Sunset’ as voted by peers.
2010 Exhibition. Various works sold at Nucleus Arts, Rochester and Maidstone
- Experience at all camera formats within digital capture, some analogue experience in medium and large format
- Adobe Creative Suite
- In Design
- Premiere Pro video editing
- Apple and Windows based operating systems
- Nikon camera equipment including full frame, limited Canon experience
- Studio lighting with Broncolor & Interfit equipment
- Hassleblad camera systems
- Currently adept at flying UAV (drone) & working toward flying license (although not required for recreational use)
- Full UK driving license, European Public Liability Insurance
- Master of Arts, UCA Rochester, Fort Pitt. Rochester Kent. Major: Photography 2019. DISTINCTION
- Bachelor of Arts, UCA Rochester, Fort Pitt. Rochester Kent. Major: Photography 2018. FIRST CLASS
- A level Photography, Maidstone Adult Education Centre 2011 Grade A
- Calumet course attendee at Pinewood Studios 2017
- Various recreational photography courses.