Once back in the UK he became politically active, taking part in the Vietnam solidarity campaign, and the Young Communists League activities, although he never joined any political group.
He focused on movements, including the status of ordinary people, including the Labour and trade union movements.
He wanted to be an artist but, without qualifications, was rescued by the lace industry where he got a job earning £1 a week as an apprentice draftsman, designing lace.
He liked the job and over the next six years became highly skilled. He then went abroad for a while, to Belgium, where he worked as a pavement artist, and was introduced to by new friends to active politics.
He returned to work in the lace industry, doing freelance work and teaching art classes.
From the 1970s he painted professionally and tried his hand at landscapes, both locally and around Devon.
Overall size 30" x 26" and inner aperture 22" x 18".
Available for sale from Big Sky Fine Art; this original painting by Paul Waplington dating from the late 1960s.
What Painting Methods Did Stone Age Artists Use?The painting is presented and supplied in its original anodized light metal frame.The painted surfaces and canvas have benefitted from cleaning and conservation, which took place in 2016 on our instructions. Paul Waplington, is a self-taught working class artist, born and brought up in Nottingham. He hated his rough school and failed his 11 plus, and left school as soon as he could at 15.Situated along the Bhopal-Hoshangabad highway, these caves bear proximity to the Bhiyapura village in Raisen district.The northern fringes of the ancient Vindhyachal ranges are home to the extraordinary rock shelters and paintings, its awesome rocks fortifying the ancient treasure within.Certain differences, depending on the oil, are also visible in the sheen of the paints.