Paul Brotherton



Paul Brotherton is an internationally exhibited abstract painter. Themed sets of his original, contemporary, acrylic paintings on canvass from his 'Fusion' and 'Abstract Expressionist Design' series have been installed in curated art-gallery exhibitions in Manchester, Cheshire, Liverpool, Wolverhampton & London (UK), Galway (Ireland), Berlin (Germany), Paphos (Cyprus) and Vico del Gargano (Italy), Bologna (Italy) and Chelsea (Manhattan, NYC USA).

In early 2024, Paul retired from his career as a professional freelance Visual Artist & Lecturer. In his retirement, Paul is continuing to occasionally investigate and study contemporary drawing.

He was born, raised and educated in Manchester, England (UK). Following foundation studies at Sheffield School of Art, Paul qualified with a B.A.(Honours) degree in graphic design from the Wolverhampton School of Art. Due to the UK economic turmoil of the 1970's, he initially had difficulty establishing a career in art and design.

After working for a hotel group and travelling the world for four years while working for British Airways, Paul then enjoyed a successful fifteen-year career as a freelance graphic designer and corporate design & business consultant. Between January 2000 and 2024 Paul re-focussed his studio-practice towards contemporary figurative and abstract painting. His original abstract, semi-abstract and figurative artworks have been installed in 60 solo, group and mixed curated art exhibitions. His original artworks have been acquired for numerous private collections.

Paul's work has been critically reviewed and widely featured and published on-line and in print, in the UK and internationally. This includes three abstract paintings being selected for publication in 'ENGERGIA CREATIVA ARTE', an international catalogue of contemporary artists (published by Art Journal: curated by Alessio Boschi and Trevisan International Art; Italy; hardback edition; 2013).  

Paul is also an Alumni of UCL, having commuted to London in 2005 - 2006 to study post-graduate 'Art and Design in Education' part-time at the IOE UCL (Bloomsbury, University of London). As a qualified Art Lecturer, he has been awarded with the City & Guilds 7407/1 and the ASET Post-16 (Art and Design) teaching certificates. His teaching, talks and lecturing for inclusive educational programmes and initiatives include projects for:  Turnpike Gallery (Wigan Leisure & Culture Trust); Castle Park Arts Centre (Cheshire); Rochdale Art Gallery (Touchstones); Start Arts Project (Manchester); Arc (Stockport); Whitworth Art Gallery (University of Manchester); Cornaro Institute (Larnaca, Cyprus); Cyprus College of Art (Lempa); and Manchester Art Gallery.

Agora Gallery (New York USA):- catalogue statement about Paul's 2012 International Collective Exhibition in Manhattan

'The artists whose works appear in Degrees of Abstraction show a masterly ability to combine aesthetic considerations with conceptual concerns, never allowing either element to outshine the other but rather ensuring that each supports and enriches the whole, with thrilling results.'

(Quotation: Agora Gallery, 530 West 25th Street, Chelsea, New York, USA; 'Degrees of Abstraction' International Collective Exhibition printed catalogue; July 31 - August 21, 2012)