Born in Sheffield, UK, in 1988, Paul Barlow graduated with a BA from Sheffield Hallam University. However, he does not plan to cease on his arts education, as he has recently been accepted into the Royal Academy Schools class of 2020.
Paul’s primary interest in art and the motives to deal with the art of painting are ideas around visibility, perception, contingency, peripheral and an investigation into the limitations of the fixed frame.
While creating, Paul does not limit his expression by the edge of the canvas. As he clarifies, his works „slip from view, shift outwards and fall out of the frames border becoming hidden; suggesting a fragmentation of a whole while trying to hold as a whole in itself.” Formed by the use of colour choices found in branding, sign making and functional markers the artist aims to question the act of looking at and making paintings.
His works were presented on view at exhibitions at Losers Gym (Nottingham), Ana Cristea Gallery (New York) and Bloc Projects (Sheffield) among others.