Paul Digby


Portraits features local people from the LS7 area in Leeds, who were asked by the artist to pose with an emotion they most wanted to express. In this new selection of work Digby focuses on drawing using different materials such as graphite, household paint and oil bar on paper and canvas.

The concept for the exhibition was inspired by Charles Darwin’s Expressions of Emotions in Man and Animals; a book that traced the animal origins of human characteristics through facial expressions, such as the pursing of the lips in concentration or the tightening of the muscles around the eyes in anger.

Portraits is an arts and mental health project. It is supported by Leeds Met University, Chapel Allerton Primary School and the School of Medicine at the University of Leeds.

Funded by the Arts Council England