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A minute with

A minute with Paul Tomlinson Artist

Where do you live?
Currently switch between Cyprus and back home with my wife to Oxford, England.

Best childhood memory?
A year in California in 1967, when I was six years old and my sister was four. My Dad worked as a research scientist at the University of California for a year. My Mum says it was the best year of her life – leaving 60s England for America was like walking out of a world of black and white into a world of colour.

Most frequented restaurant and absolute favourite dish? What food would you really turn your nose up to?
Esentepe Restaurant in the north. It’s run by a Kurdish bloke called Hassan, it’s rough and ready and cheap as chips but I love it. Meze, Kofte, Chips, Beer. What’s not to like? Dislikes? Seafood – too rubbery and salty for me.

What did you have for breakfast?
Coffee and cereal for me, lettuce for the tortoises and biscuits for the cats.

Would you class yourself as a day or night person? What’s your idea of the perfect night/day out?
Day. Perfect day? Seeing my team (Aston Villa) win the FA Cup at Wembley. I’m still waiting…

Best book ever read?
I read Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath when I was around 20 or so. A real eye-opener covering poverty, migration and discrimination.

Favourite film of all time?
No particular favourite, but one that leaps to mind straight away is The Shawshank Redemption. An unlikely true story, where the corrupt get their come-uppance.

Favourite holiday destination?
I’ve been lucky to have been able to travel widely, but there’s no doubt that The Grand Canyon tops the list for me. For scale and grandeur there’s nowhere else like it. I’ve been a few times and I’d go back again.

What music are you listening to in the car at the moment?
I set my iPod to random, so anything could turn up.

What is always in your fridge?
Mould. I’m not a fastidious cleaner.

Dream house: rural retreat or urban dwelling? Where would it be, what would it be like?
Somewhere quiet, so a rural location, preferably with plenty of bird life surrounding it. The house wouldn’t need to be big but would have to have an art studio, flooded with light, and a large window with a view out.

If you could pick anyone at all (alive or dead) to go out for the evening with, who would it be?
Vincent Van Gogh. All-time artistic genius. I’d want to know what was going on in his head.

If the world is ending in 24 hours what would you do?
Rejoice. It would save the UK from Brexit.

What is your greatest fear?
The Conservatives winning the next election in the UK. God knows, we need change…

Tell me a joke…
What did the Spanish fireman call his two sons? Jose and Hose B.

Tomlinson’s current exhibition runs until June 25 at CVAR in Nicosia. Drawing Cyprus showcases 22 recent artworks in pen and ink on paperof churches, basilicas, castles, ruins, landscapes and townscapes from all parts of the island, as well as drawings made in Istanbul and Cappadocia

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