Paul Coldwell’s sculptures and prints reflect the capacity of domestic everyday objects to contain and prompt memories and ideas.
Paul Coldwell is an artist and academic. He is Professor of Fine Art at the University of the Arts London, and has taught at numerous colleges both in the UK and abroad.
As an artist, his practice includes prints, book works, sculptures and installations, focusing
on themes of journey, absence and loss, He has exhibited widely, his work included in
numerous public collections, including Tate, V&A, British Museum, the Arts Council of
England and Musée d'art et d'histoire, Geneva and MoMA. He was one of the invited artists
to represent UK at the Ljubljana Print Biennial in 2005 & 1997, selected for numerous open
print exhibitions including the International Print Triennial, Cracow 2018, theHaugesund
International Festival of Relief Printing, Norway 2019 and theInternational Triennial of
Contemporary Prints, Liège 2020.
His recent exhibitions include A Layered Practice Graphic Work 1993-2012 a retrospective of his printworks staged by University of Kent which then travelled to University of Greenwich and Material Things at the University of Bradford, which focused on the relationship between his sculpture and prints.
Much of his work has involved researching within collections; In 2008, he was invited to
respond to the house at Kettle’s Yard Cambridge, resulting in an installed exhibition, I called
while you were out supported by a small grant from the AHRC. In 2013, following research
at the Scot Polar Research Institute, Cambridge he presented Re-Imagining Scott: Objects
& Journeys which included sculptures, glassworks, prints and postcards and most recently
Picturing the Invisible at the Sir John Soane’s Museum London 2019. He was one of the
commissioned artists for ReConciliations. Art & Reconciliation at the Museum of History
Sarajevo 2018 and in Light/Matter: Art at the Intersection of Photography and Printmaking
, 1954–2017 at the Grunwald Gallery of Art, Indiana
Coldwell has had a long association with the Freud Museum London, beginning with Freud’s Coat, an exhibition and bookwork 1996 and Charms and other Anxious Objects Freud Museum , London 2014. He developed new work for an exhibition at the Freud Museums in Vienna (Oct 2016) and London (June 2017) (generously supported using public funding by Arts Council England) and this work will be exhibited again at the Beaney House of Art & Knowledge Canterbury in 2020.
In addition to his studio practice, he has curated a number of exhibitions including Digital Responses, (V&A 2001), Morandi’s Legacy; Influences on British Art (Estorick Collection London 2006) and The Artists Folio, (Cartwright Hall, Bradford 2014).
Furthermore he has published writings on a number of artists including Michael Craig-Martin, Giorgio Morandi, Christiane Baumgartner, Charlotte Hodes and Paula Rego, has contributed to many publications including Print Quarterly, Art in Print and Printmaking Today, has been keynote speaker at a number of international research for a including Impact 7 International Printmaking Conference, Melbourne, Australia 2011 and SNAP 3, third International Print Symposium, Bentlage, Rheine, Germany 2015. His current book Printmaking; A Contemporary Perspective was published by Black Dog Publishing in 2010.