Artist Info

Paul Lancaster was born in Lobelville,Tennessee in 1930 and resides in Nashville. Without any art education, Lancaster began to paint about 1959 and has gained increasing recognition for his creations. His works are in many private collections as well as the permanent collections of the Smithsonian, American Visionary Art Museum, Parrish Museum and University of Virginia collection .  Lancaster's early works had more primitive qualities and appeared full of fantasy. His work grew exceptionally so that many cannot believe he is self taught. He has worked with most all media available to the painter. Lancaster has even taught himself how to create etchings. This graphics work has proven significant for it is in his etchings that his great facility for the drawn line and subtle color can be fully accomplished.

Paul is a simple man, quiet and modest.  He is part Cherokee Indian which contributes to his personality and is clearly reflected in his work. One could easily see his works as "visions" of a beautiful life deeply rich in the wonders of nature.  He belongs to the outdoors and his works always belong to nature and the spiritual. The subjects of his work are the forest, woods and streams. Figures are in his works but they may, in many works, seem unimportant, helpful for proportion but not always essential to the presentation. When he does include figures they are usually female, always beautiful, often exotic. Working strictly from imagination, he often animates his trees and rocks suggesting animal or human forms.  His visions are peaceful and quiet, almost fairy tale pretty and idealistic. Lancaster is a true self-taught artist in every respect-his knowledge and technique are natural gifts not academic. His skills have been honed over fifty years of work. While his style ranges from the simple to extraordinarily complex, it is always innocent and honest. In this sense, he is great rather than good