Intrigued by themes of metamorphosis and transformation, London based artist Paul Kingsley Squire has created a diverse portfolio through painting, intricate drawings and works created with a digital pen & tablet.

"The initial idea for the Metamorphica & the Danse Macabre series came through this interest in mythology and symbolism. I had been thinking about if these anthropomorphic personifications existed, how would they look in today’s world ?  

I wanted the works to be very contemporary, rather than go for a sword wielding fantasy art style, so I dressed them in today’s fashion, gave some of them cool methods of transportation and completed the works with a sun /moon symbol background.

The ideas for specific pieces  just kept coming to me, “how about a bull biker?”, “a punk rock Leopard?” or “a peace symbol waving Lion?”  

After I had completed a number of animal hybrids I introduced the skeletal (Danse Macabre) figures, as I wanted to add a darker element to the series. I intended for these characters to be oozing in luxurious decadence, literally dripping in sin.

The digital work requires a great deal of patience and by making the original line drawing very detailed, I can build the texture, light and shade, creating the illusion of a 3 dimensional figure. Each space within the intricate lines of the drawing is individually filled with varying colours, from light to dark in tone, a bit like a stained glass window. It’s a very time consuming process, but the only way I can achieve the dynamic quality of the final piece."

He is based in London U.K. and works from a studio in Muswell Hill, North London.

You can find out more about Paul at his personal website here:


METAMORPHICA & The Danse Macabre
is an ongoing project from London based artist, Paul Kingsley Squire.

Drawing inspiration from mythology, symbolism, pop culture and contemporary fashion, these animal headed hybrids and dead beat fashionistas mix humans with paganistic totemism and skeletal decadence, resulting in a highly stylised ultra modern icon.

Using a digital pen & tablet, a framework is digitally drawn in exquisite detail and then meticulously coloured, to create the finished artwork.  

The completed works are each available as acrylic (perspex) prints for a state of the art contemporary look,  or archival Giclée (fine art paper) prints which can be traditionally framed.
Some examples of work in progress...
Spacetours 3000
In the year 3000 AD mankind started exploring the galaxies surrounding the Milky Way.

What they found was quite a trip !

Continuing the themes of Metamorphosis "SPACETOURS 3000" journeys into outer space, meeting the strange inhabitants of a universe teeming with life.

Humans in pulse powered jet packs, explore the universe like a galactic safari