I was born in Leominster (MASS - USA) on February 24th 1958. After my first experience in the graphic and painting sectors (1975-1986), I discovered the digital and computer art in 1990. In 1991 I organized, in collaboration with the town of Gorizia, an art-exhibition with some italian artist. In 1994 I created the first "Photomorfosis" © (a series of digital photomanipolations). From 1995 to 2007 I organized, in collaboration with the town council of Gorizia, the artistic project entiled "EurArt ". The following year (1996) the first Italian magazine for professional photographers published a part of my Photomorfosi©. The slovenian Academy of Art in Lubiana invite me to organize a workshop on my Photomorfosi©. In the same year the Italian organization of photography, FIAF, invited me as a rapporteur, at the 17th District FIAF Congress. The Italian section of the AGFA group organized me a very important historical exhibition in Milano (1999). In this occasion AGFA wrote: " ...with his Photomorfosis Redfern remains in the History of the italian photography..."
In October 2007 my video "The earth" received the "We show Award" prize for the best artistic video online.
The most important Italian newspapers and magazines wrote same articles on Photomorfosis. Now my works are usually contained in private and public collections like Isontina State Library, District of Gorizia, AGFA, SatelGroup, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka (Croatia), MOCA museum in New York, etc...
I was also invited at international workshops like Video Film Festival Under 20, International Internet Days, Pixxel Point International digital art, goARtonline,etc ...
From 2000 I am the director of virtualGmuseum in Gorizia, Italy: http://www.museifriuliveneziagiulia.it/scheda_museo.html?id=9
HENRY CASEROTTI (Digication.com) - New York City - Fairfield County
Paul David Redfern is a digital artist who was born in Leominster, Massachusetts in 1958 who currently resides and works in Gorizia, Italy. He states the he “discovered digital and computer art in 1990... in 1994 I created the first Photomorfosis"© which Redfern defines as “a series of digital ‘photomanipulations’”. Since that time he has played and active role in the arts by organizing showings and workshops using his own art as well as working closely with the Graphiti Association which is a group based in Gorizia dedicated to bringing the digital arts to wider audiences. Redfern’s work contains a depth to it not commonly found and is certainly worthy of perusal by a wider audience.
Working with only three tools, an IMac, a digital camera and Adobe Photoshop, Redfern artist creates some very interesting pieces. What makes them interesting comes from two aspects of his art that is more commonly seen in traditional visual media. The first is that Redfern incorporates a tangible sense of texture into many of his pieces. This illusion of surface texture makes it appear that the image has been created on an actual surface, such as wood or stone. Someone viewing the piece can easily imagine that what’s being seen is an actual object rather than a digital creation. This can completely change the viewers perception of the art. After all, an image that is actually a series of 1’s and 0’s is still very much in the realm of idea whereas an image that appears to be a tangible, physical object also gives the allusion of existing in reality.
Secondly, Redfern makes the viewer work to really see what’s happening in his images. It is not always immediately obvious what one is seeing when first looking at his work. Often there are human figures hidden in the compositions that reveal themselves only with a period of observation. In other words, the viewer must dedicate some time to unravel the image. This time spent is incredibly important because it forces the viewer to live, for a while within the world created by the artist, to explore it more fully and possibly feel or understand better what the artist is attempting to express.
What I find most enjoyable about Redfern’s work is the complexity he achieves using digital media. It is the type of work that may only unravel some of it’s deepest secrets over an extended period of time. This is very different from much of the digital art seen today which relies heavily on surrealism or visual puns to relate relatively concrete ideas. Redfern says that he is trying to share his dream world through his art and dreams are not generally straight forward experiences to relate. His works complexity is what put’s Redfern’s art into the category of fine art.
To see more of Redfern's work please visit his Flickr page or works for sale at Art Limited. Also worth seeing is his award winning video, "Earth - Il cuore della terra".