Professor Paul Coldwell

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Professor of Fine Art



Professor Paul Coldwell is an artist and researcher whose practice includes prints, book works, sculptures and installations. He has exhibited widely, his work held in numerous public collections, including Tate, Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), British Museum, Arts Council of England and the Musee d’art et d’histoire, Geneva and selected for many international Biennials including Cracow, Ljubljana, Split and Warsaw.

Recent solo exhibitions include A Layered Practice 2013, Studio 3 Gallery, University of Kent, Re-Imagining Scott 2014, Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge and Material Things 2015, Gallery II, The University of Bradford.

He has curated a number of exhibitions, including Digital Responses, V&A, Morandi’s Legacy; Influences on British Art Estorick Collection, London, and most recently The Artist’s Folio at Cartwright Hall, Bradford (2014), published Printmaking: A Contemporary Perspective (Black Dog Publishers-2010) and contributes to a number of publications including, Art in Print, and Print Quarterly where he is on the editorial board. In 2011 he chaired the jury for Imprint International Graphic Art Triennial in Warsaw and has been Keynote Speaker at Impact 7 International Printmaking Conference, Melbourne 2011 and SNAP 3, Germany 2015.

In 2015 he was awarded an Arts Council grant to develop new work for exhibitions at the Freud Museums in Vienna and London.

Research interests

Printmaking, sculpture, digital art, installation, memory and the work of Moriandi.

Research statement

Coldwell's research is focused on a practice-based approach and located within fine art. Through printmaking, sculpture, installation and writing, he explores issues around absence and loss, with ideas crossing between media.

A recurring question for Coldwell is how new technologies impact on previous processes, in particular within printmaking; and how digital technologies can inform and rejuvenate older technologies, such as etching and screenprint.

This fits in to his broader commitment to printmaking, both as a practitioner but also through raising awareness of the value and quality of print over and beyond its role as a reproducible media.


Current students and thesis titles

Sam Burford, Is using 3D rendering Software Photography?

Mark Donoghue, The Scottish and Japanese Landscapes of Turner, Hokusai and Hiroshige from the Perspective of Deleuze.

Altea Grau Vidal, Unmasking conventions: re-evaluating the notion of the double page spread.

Ralph Overill, How is the woodblock matrix evolving in this digital age of printmaking?

Completed students and thesis titles

Maryclare Foa, Sounding Out: Performance Drawing in Response to the Outside Environment.

Jo Love, Dust: Exploring surface, material and time within the photographic print.

Jungu Yoon, An examination of the idea of the Numinous in Contemporary Art Practice.

Cian Quayle, Inventory for a Reverse Journey. Photographic Image and Found Object - An investigation of travel and material transformation as a paradigm of artist's practice: Ed Ruscha, Douglas Huebler, Bas jan Ader, Jimmie Durham, Gustav Metzger, Kurt Schwitters & Cian Quayle.

Naren Barfield, Integrated Artworks: Theory and Practice in Relation to Printmaking and Computers, and the Influence of 'Non-Euclidean Geometry' and 'The Fourth Dimension’ on Developments in Twentieth Century Pictorial Space.

Jong-Ha Park, 'Following Nature': an enquiry into late 20th Century Taoist 'Naturalism'.

Paul Glinkowski, Putting Artists in the Picture: Locating Visual Artistsin English Arts Policy and in the evidence base that informs it.

Barbara Rauch, Natural and Digital Virtual Realities: a practice-based exploration of dreaming and online virtual environments. 

Maria  Christoforatou (MPhil), The notion of home in representations of displacement: how is the contemporary discourse on displacement being constructed in visual art and contemporary theoretical practice?

Marcela Montoya-Turnill, Re-situating the Cultural Meanings of Lucha Libre Mexicana: A Practice-Based Exploration of Diasporic Mexicaness.










Selected research outputs