Paul Coldwell
University of the Arts,
London, United Kingdom

Portfolio Presentation: “Imagined Journeys”

Central to my practice as an artist has been the notion of the representation of journey. Our knowledge of the world and indeed more recent histories is punctuated by the migration of peoples, from the forcibly displaced, to refuges from conflict and to the economic migrants. Journeys also imply a sense of origin, home and a destination. Through the use of a repertoire of everyday objects I endeavour to construct images that explore this sense of travel, balanced between the polarities of everyday events and world news.

This presentation would explore this idea through series of works made over the last five years. These include prints made through a variety of processes, incorporating digital technology alongside the physical qualities of traditional practice. This includes “The Bookwork With the Melting of the Snows” series, “Smoke”, made as collotypes/screen prints with Paul Thirkwell at University of West England, “Means of Escape”, a series of Lithographs/line blocks made from digital files, “Landscape & Flowers”, a series of large format Digital prints and new work made through intaglio at a recent residency at The Scuola Internationale di Graphica in Venice.

In this portfolio presentation I will also discuss the relationship of these print works to my practice within sculpture and how these two activities inform each other.

PAUL COLDWELL studied Fine Art at University of West England and the Slade School of Art. Since 1994 he has taught at Camberwell College of Arts (University of the Arts London) where he is now Professor and Postgraduate Programme Director. His inaugural lecture in 2005 Finding Spaces between Shadows was published by the Camberwell Press ( He is also project Leader for FADE (Fine Art Digital Environment) a practice based research project with Camberwell and Chelsea College of Art & Design. He is a Sculptor and Printmaker, engaged with the integration of digital technologies within fine art practice, who has exhibited widely. Solo shows include Recent PrintsEdinburgh Printmakers (2005), and Case Studies London Print Studio, London & Queens Gallery, New Delhi, India (2002). Recent group exhibitions include Beyond The Digital Surface, Ewah Gallery, Seoul.(2004) ,International Print Triennial, Cracow ,4th Egyptian International Print Triennale Cairo (2003) and Digital Responses  Victoria & Albert Museum, London (curator & exhibitor) 2002-3. He is currently curating Morandi; Themes in British Contemporary Art, Abbot Hall & Estorick Collection for 2006. His work is in numerous collections including Arts Council of England, Birmingham City Museums, British Museum Imperial War Museum, MOMA New York, Museum of the Book, Holland, New York Public Library, Tate Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum. He has written extensively on Paula Rego including the catalogue essay for her Print Retrospective in 2005 and a chapter in The complete Graphic work. TG Rosenthal, Thames & Hudson. He has contributed to many international conferences including Impact I & II, PixelRaiders (Sheffield), International Print Symposium, Cortona and Digital Aesthetics  Harris Museum. In 2004 he was guest artist in residence at the Scuola Internationale di Graphica in Venice.