Canals & Bridges

5-8 pm

Paul Newman

@ The Showcase Gallery

Canals & Bridges installation detail. Paul Newman

‘Canals & Bridges’ at the Showcase Gallery, Jubilee Trade Centre, Birmingham 130 Pershore St B5 6ND.

A new reiteration of Paul Newman’s Urban Gothic paintings, featuring works based on an urban walk along the canal under M5 near Smethwick in 2016. This series incorporates elements from 18th -19th c paintings, including; Constable’s Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows 1831 & Jean-Antione Watteau’s The Embarkation for Cythera 1717.

Paul Newman’s Urban Gothic paintings weave together a tableau of motifs including; 18th & 19th-century landscape paintings with 20th century industry, architecture and cinematic monsters like Frankenstein’s, and the human Fly.
The imagery also draws from memories and experiences throughout the artists life; his father’s Ford Escort van, the museum experience of Romantic era landscape paintings. The work explores themes around relics of heritage, ruin and decay. The characters in the work journey through dreamlike landscapes which are on the periphery change and transformation.

Paul Newman is an artist based in Birmingham. Recent exhibitions in 2023 include ‘Worlds Away; Art & Nature ‘ at mac Birmingham and ‘In Ruin’ a solo exhibition as part of Soup VI artist in residence program at Stryx.


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