‘English Gothic’ is Paul Newman’s current body of work, combining English 18th – 21st century motifs including; historical landscape painting, architecture, classic monsters of movies such as the Fly and the Ford Escort van.
With sources ranging from artist books & postcards, film stills, the net and urban walking, the series explores shifting architectural markers of progress and dereliction in our landscape, relating to depictions in art history. The narratives set up within the work are open to interpretations, with a tonal sensibility ranging from the melancholy to the absurd.
Born in 1973, Paul Newman lives and works in Birmingham. Exhibitions include; Contemporary Masters from Britain, a five museum touring show in China (2017), Stage (2015) solo show at mac Birmingham and After the Flood (2014) solo show at Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery, Contemporary Drawings from Britain, Xi’an, China (2015), Marmite IV Painting Prize (2012-13), Rotate (2012) Contemporary Art Society in London, Painting Show (2011-12) at Eastside Projects, Birmingham and The Jerwood Drawing Prize (2004-05). Paul curates a side project called Monster Club and is a visiting lecturer at Birmingham City University.