Paul Gadenne is a Canterbury-based artist who is equally at home working in watercolour, acrylic and oil. He is a Chartered Designer with a background in commercial Interior Architecture and Exhibition Design. His own practice, Paul Gadenne Associates, worked successfully throughout the Eighties in Canterbury and London. Paul has been a Design Lecturer at Hastings College of Art and taught Graphics and Design at St Edmund’s School Canterbury for over 20 years.

His work features a wide range of subjects but most tend to have an element of narrative and the everyday. Paul’s paintings are in public and private collections in the UK and abroad and can be seen at local Art Galleries and Open Art Shows throughout the year.

Paul is an SAA Professional Art Teacher and currently teaches "Art for Everyone" - art lessons for adults of all abilities at venues in Dunkirk and Sandwich, Kent. He writes for 'the Artist' magazine and is the founder member of Urban Sketchers Canterbury

He has appeared on Sky Arts - Landscape Artist of the Year 2015 as a competitor in the Waddesdon Manor heat of the series finishing as joint heat runner-up.


selected exhibitions

The Royal Institute for Painters in Watercolours Exhibition

The Royal Society of Marine Artists Exhibition

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

The London Group Open Exhibition

The Royal Watercolour Society Open Exhibition

The Art in the Dockyard Exhibition, Chatham

The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

The "Outside The White Cube"

The Cork Street Open Art Exhibition

The Artist and Leisure Painter Exhibition


- Paint Out Norwich 2017. Public Paint-Out - Winner Cassart Plein Air Award

- Lovelys Summer Open 2017 - 3rd Prize award.

- Sky Arts-Landscape Artist of the Year 2015. Heat Runner Up.

- The Bainbridge-Copnall Art Trophy 2014 (Canterbury Society of Art) with 'Leviathan'.

- Winsor & Newton Runner-up Prize for 'No.3 Slip' - Royal Watercolour Society Open Exhibition 2013, Bankside Gallery, Bankside, London.

- Winner of Landscape Category with 'No.3 Caisson' - The Art in the Dockyard Exhibition 2013, Chatham Historic Dockyard, Chatham.

-Highly Commended - EAC Art Awards 2013 with 'An Angel this way Passed'

- Winner of the UK National Online Open Art Competition 2012 with 'An Angel this way Passed'.

- Page Turner Award Winner 2012- Turner Contemporary , Margate with 'Parkour 2'

- 'The Artist' Prize for 'Canterbury Colossus' - Royal Watercolour Society Open Exhibition 2012, Bankside Gallery, Bankside, London.

- The Bainbridge-Copnall Art Trophy 2012 (Canterbury Society of Art) with 'My little chair'.

press, television etc.

- Channel 4 - Old House New Home 2018 - 'The Britannia and the Lighthouse'

- Sky Arts - Landscape Artist of the Year 2015, Waddesdon Manor

- BBC TV - 'Your Paintings' - March 2013 television production

- 'Art of England' - Nov 2012 - review of Cork Street Open 2012

- 'The Artist' - Dec 2012 - Watercolour article by Paul Gadenne

- 'The Artist' - Sept 2017 - Watercolour article by Paul Gadenne

- 'The Artist' - Feb 2018 - Acrylic article by Paul Gadenne

- 'The Art of Watercolour - Dec17/Feb18 - Image and credit.