Paul Ballard (1960)
Born Paul John Ballard, he was already a figure whose art in school was appreciated by those who saw it. However, on leaving school he first joined the army, then after leaving the services, he spent over ten years in different jobs, whilst all along keeping his interest in painting. After taking a part time course with the London College of art, he left with a diploma and quickly built up a portfolio of his work.
Elstree studio's gave him both his initial break into the art world, whilst simultaneously giving him the confidence to try and get his true artworks into the public eye by approaching numerous galleries with his work. His artwork for Elstree was limited to backdrops, and although these were used in the Royal opera house, they weren't his chosen form or art. Luckily his perseverance with the galleries paid off, with one of them pointing him towards an exhibit at Erotica Olympia.
Whether it be brush, pencil, acrylic, watercolours, oils or a mix of these, his attention to detail, along with the obvious eroticism his works display, has led to him creating commission murals in Clubs, hotels and Restaurants the length and breadth of the United Kingdom.
Limitations and restrictions on his works were imposed by his desire to push the boundaries of his medium. Erotic imagery is limited by it's very content, and only a select few galleries will display such works. This led him and his brother to create their own gallery, free of any restrictions others may impose. The Beaumont Hall studios was formed from a derelict barn and now houses the UK's largest group of erotic artists, whilst also allowing visitors to meet these same individuals (and their models) as the artwork is created.
Ballard became one of the co founders of the Guild of Erotic Artists and is still creating commission works to order.