Contemporary Artist & Designer
Paul is a Contemporary Artist and Designer from Manchester, England, UK. Themed sets of acrylic paintings on canvass from his current 'Abstract Expressionist Design' series have been installed in curated art-gallery exhibitions in Manchester, Cheshire & London (UK), Galway (Ireland), Berlin (Germany), Paphos (Cyprus), Chelsea (Manhattan, NYC USA) and Vico del Gargano & Bologna (Italy).
Exhibiting since 2001, Paul's abstract, semi-abstract and figurative artworks have been installed in over 40 solo and group art-gallery exhibitions. Paul initially qualified with a BA Honours degree in Graphic Design. After working for British Airways and a fifteen year career as a freelance Graphic Artist, Designer & Consultant, in January 2000 he re-focussed his studio-practice on Contemporary painting, drawing and design.
Paul's work has been extensively published on-line and in print. His original artworks have been acquired for numerous private collections.
Paul has also been awarded with two Teaching Certificates, working as a freelance Post-16 Art Lecturer from 2003 until 2013. Teaching and lecturing included projects for - Rochdale Art Gallery (Touchstones), Turnpike Gallery (Leigh; WLCT), Start Arts Project (Manchester), Arc (Stockport), Whitworth Art Gallery (University of Manchester), Cornaro Institute (Larnaca), Cyprus College of Art (Lempa) and Manchester Art Gallery.
"Contrasting the chaos and calm observed within natural and urban environments, themes in my work also explore human interaction, introspection and connectivity, set within the contexts of globalisation and technological development. Referencing my earlier design training and the Pop-art movement, my studio based research includes ongoing semiotic investigations through drawing and design projects. These inform the inclusion of symbolic, graphic motifs, within my contemporary abstract paintings, creating a fusion of colour, mood and style."
(Copyright Paul Brotherton: 26th August 2016 - Artist Statement published in TIA 'Little Treasures' printed catalogue; Bologna, Italy; 26th November 2016).
Agora Gallery catalogue statement about Paul's 2012 International Collective Exhibition in New York USA;
'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)