Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Paul Cadden studied animation and illustration at James Watt College in Birmingham. Cadden is renowned for his incredibly intricate and highly accurate pencil drawings of urban landscapes featuring people. His artistic practice approached portraiture in a holistic, ‘social’ fashion, capturing not just individuals but the culture and feel of the place and time.
He maintains that for him hyperrealism is about more than representing reality in a new medium. It is, instead, about creating the illusion of a new reality – one that merges a believable, lifelike appearance with emotional, social, cultural, and political themes.