Paul Marlor

Paul’s Town Hall is Best of All | Paul Dene Marlor

by Northern Life

Calderdale artist Paul Dene Marlor has scooped a top International Award as ‘Professional Artist of the Year 2015 ‘ with his painting of Halifax Town Hall.

The title was bestowed by the SAA – Society for All Artists – the largest most influential art society in the world with a growing membership of more than 45,000 members.

Paul, a watercolour specialist, based his painting on sketches and photos outside the exceptional architectural building designed by Sir Charles Barry, who also designed the Houses of Parliament.

“It is a local place that I have admired all my life; somewhere I’ve always wanted to paint,” said Paul.

“I tried to create more impact and emphasise the focal point of the beautiful Town Hall in the centre, adding some warm evening light hitting the buildings. I also added reflections suggesting it had just rained to create more atmosphere.”

The painting was exhibited at the It’s all About Art event, the biggest of its kind in the UK, held at the Business Design Centre in London where Paul was invited to accept his award.

The judging panel commented that his exceptional watercolour painting stood out among candidates. Previous winners have included paintings from Malta, New Zealand, Oman, Brazil, Norway, USA and many other countries, and this year’s had been whittled down from over 6,000 entries worldwide.

“It is a local place that I have admired all my life; somewhere I’ve always wanted to paint”

Paul, who lives and works from his studio near Halifax, said: “I’m honoured to win such a coveted award. 2015 has been a good year for me so far.”

In May he was also filmed for Sky TV’s ‘Landscape Artist of the Year,’ painting a landscape scene at the National Trust property Lyme Park in Cheshire – famed for the Pride and Prejudice TV series – which will air in October on Sky Arts.

Paul’s work can be viewed on his website at and at Gallery 339 at Skircoat Green, near Halifax and at the Harrison Lord Gallery in Brighouse.

The painting is currently on display at the Harrison Lord Gallery until 10 October along with other original work by Paul. As well as local galleries, Paul also has four galleries in Scotland and two galleries in Cornwall selling his work.

He takes on commissioned paintings and is also available for tuition. He can be contacted by email at: