Paul Edmunds (born in Johannesburg in 1970) is a South African artist and critic. He obtained both a BAFA and MAFA (with distinction) at the University of KwaZulu Natal, Pietermaritzburg. He won the Volkskas Atelier Award in 1992 and spent most of the following year at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. Although he initially studied painting, Paul is primarily a sculptor and has also explored printmaking in the last few years. His early sculptural work drew on craft processes, both contemporary and traditional, often employing these with unusual materials. In his own words, "My work is characterised by an unconventional use of materials and cumulative processes as well as an ongoing exploration of pattern. On the cusp between abstraction and representation, my work seems more concerned with process than depiction." Paul’s work features in a number of prominent private and public collections.
Paul has held a number of solo shows in Cape Town, at both the João Ferreira Gallery and the Mark Coetzee Fine Art Cabinet. He made his solo debut in Johannesburg at Art on Paper earlier this year. He has taken part in numerous group exhibitions, notably 'Images of Self', curated by Clive van den Berg at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees in 2000, and 'Bodies II: Sublimation', curated by Kathryn Smith at the same venue in 2002. In 2005, Paul took part in ‘In the Making: process and material’, curated by Sophie Perryer at the Michael Stevenson Gallery.