Approved: 30.11.2018

Paul Newman

Artist, Curator, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 30.11.2018

My core practice is painting, which evolves into performance, photography and installation.

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Artist Statement

My core practice is painting, which evolves into performance, photography and installation.

‘English Gothic ‘ is my current project, combining English 18th–21st  century motifs including; historical landscape painting, architecture, classic monsters of movies and the Ford Escort van. The series explores shifting markers of progress and dereliction in our landscape, relating to depictions in art history in sometimes surreal and fantastical scenarios. Imagery is sourced from art history and horror film books, the internet and urban commuting.  Some of the references are personal. The van was one my Dad drove to work in the 1980's.

An ongoing series of human fly characters was originally based on a still from a much cherished monsters of the movies book I was given for Christmas as a teenager. The fictional narratives set up within the work are open to interpretations, with a tonal sensibility ranging from the melancholy to the absurd.


CV & Education

Paul Newman


Solo Exhibitions

2019       It’s Not the End of the World Birmingham School of Art

               Frank, the Fly & vanscapes, Showcase Gallery, Jubilee Trade Centre, Birmingham

2018       English Gothic I, Artefact, Stirchley, Birmingham

2016       The Black Rainbow, Showcase Galley, Jubilee Trade Centre, Birmingham

2015       Stage. mac birmingham

2014       After the Flood. Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery

2012       A Short Night in Tableau Yellow. Terrace Gallery, Birmingham

2008       A Face with No Name. Solihull Arts Complex

2006       Different Parts The Works Gallery, Birmingham

2002       The Curse of the Fly Open Hand Open Space, Reading


Collaborations & 2 person projects (selected)

2020      Rehearsal of Frankenstein with Nita Newnan for [email protected] online residency by Stryx gallery

2018       Don’t be Afraid with Nita Newman for Collaborasaurus curated by Alex Billingham for Vivid      

2015       Zero Hours Performance with David Miller for  7 Disorderly Dramas  Selfridges,   Birmingham

2013       Babelling with David Miller and Ian Andrews for Sluice art fair, London,              

2012       Verses in Glutteridge. With Cathy Wade. Winterreise, Minerva Works, Birmingham

2012       Nap-kin. Performance with David Miller at the Vaults, Jewelry Quarter

2007       Solitary Natures, with Matthew Krishanu, Lewisham Arthouse, London


Group Exhibitions (selected)


2020        Yes/No A virtual studio exhibition by Contemporary British Painting. Curated by Curated by Deb Covell, Paula MacArthur and Judith Tucker.

                The Just Aleph Contemporary online curated by Dan Coombes

                [email protected] Online artist in residence from home 22-26th June 2020 for Stryx 

2019        Mountain Size Pineapple Black gallery Middlesbrough. curated by Gordon Dalton

                Zeitgeist Baby ArtRooms, Kings Heath, Birmingham, curated by Helen Grundy & Paul  Johnson

2018        Made in Britain: 82 Painters of the 21st Century The National Museum of Poland, Gdansk

2017        The Future at The Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art

                 Contemporary Masters from Britain  5 museum touring show in China

                 Anything goes? Art Bermondsey Project Space

2016        Paper Cuts Transition Gallery, London

                Contemporary British Painting Summer Exhibition, Quay Arts Centre, Isle of White

2015        Salon 2015. New Art West Midlands. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

                Contemporary Drawings from Britain, Xi’an Academy of Fine Art in China

                Gothic. Birmingham Library

                 New Art West Midlands Art Anuale Article Gallery School of Art BCU

2014        Beep 2014: Wales International Contemporary Painting Prize. Elysium Gallery, Swansea

2012-13  Marmite IV Painting Prize. Touring: London, Glasgow, Cambridge, Plymouth

2012        Diamond Armour. Article Gallery. School of Art, BCU. Curated by Mona Casey

                West Midlands Open. Wolverhamton Museum and Art Gallery. Prize Winner

                Nottingham Castle Open. Prize winner

                Rotate, with Eastside Projects & Grand Union. Contemporary Art Society, London

2011        Painting Show. Eastside Projects. Curated by Sophie Von Helerman & Gavin Wade

2010        Sing Silent Songs. Trove, Old Science Museum, Birmingham

2008        The Mausoleum for the Memory of the Lost Object, Iniva, London

                Insectoid (with aas) Shorditch Town Hall, London            

                The Celeste Art Prize, London, shortlisted.

                New Generation Arts:The New Gatehouse Show: The Bond, Birmingham

                The Quatermass Code, Bloc Space, Sheffield.

                Opposed to the Devotion of Pleasure, Open hand Open Space, Reading

2005        A Stranger comes to Town…City Gallery, Leicester

                Sketch  05,  Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre & Seven Seven Gallery, London

2004-05  The Jerwood Drawing Prize. National touring exhibition.


Curated Projects

2018       Real Fabrications; Alex Billingham, Arma Agharta & Ethothen Stearn at Stryx, Bham

2017       Little Monsters, Showcase Gallery, Birmingham

2014       Monster Club. A Grant for the Arts

2010       A site of no special interest. Solihull Arts Complex, with Arlene Burnett

2009       The Endless Descent, with Cathy Wade. Rea Studios

2008       The Secret Garden,(with Arlene Burnett and Leon Trimble.)

2006       The 18th Storey. (with Arlene Burnett) Haddon Tower, Lee bank, Birmingham.

2005       A Confidentiality Clause               



2015       Arts Council of England. A Grant for the Arts: Stage, solo exhibition, mac birmingham

2014       ACE. A Grant for the Arts: Monster Club, curated exhibition, The Works.

2012       Winner Photography Prize. West Midlands Open

2011       Prize winner. Nottingham Castle Open

2006       Arts Council of England. A Grant for the Arts, Different Parts, A solo exhibition, The Works

2006       Arts Council of England. A Grant for the Arts, The 18th Storey: The Haddon Tower Project

2004       Emma Phipps. Bequest. Student Prize for MA study

2003       Arts and Humanities Research Bursary for MA study



2017        Contemporary Masters from Britain ISBN-10: 1543281621

2015        Stage mac birmingham solo exhibition catalogue ISBN 9781907796180

2012        The 4th Marmite Prize For Painting Exhibition catalogue ISBN 978-905659-10-4

                 Frieze Magazine. Issue 146. Review of Painting Show at Eastside Projects. (image)

2009        Cultivate: developing the visual arts market in the West Midlands



               The Priseman Seabrook collection

               Jiangsu Museum of Art, China, permanent collection.

               Art UK (online)



2007-20  Birmingham City University, School of Art. Visiting Lecturer BA / MA Fine Art

2012-20  Loughborough University School of the Arts. Visiting Lecturer BA Fine Art

2016-17  Solihull College. Visiting lecturer BA Fine Art



2016 – present. Contemporary British Painting.