About Paul Bartholomew

Artist’ Statement: “Geometry in Art”.

Paul Bartholomew has always championed non representational painting.

Paul does not consider abstraction to be a deliberate break with historical art tradition. Indeed, he finds the idea that an artist could work outside of this history difficult to understand . Rather, abstraction develops some concealed, buried or forgotten aspects within this tradition.

Paul feels that the language of geometry is an important tool in finding a unification and empathy across the huge spectrum of art history. This sense of historical unity in turn helps Paul make work that is firmly planted in the present.

Through the use of simple geometrical constraints coupled with a deep passion for colour, Paul’s art tries to, on the one hand, celebrate our potential for oneness – our human similarities, and on the other hand reflect upon our propensity towards disharmony and bloodshed. Being an optimist at heart, celebration often seems to get the upper hand.

To quote Paul in a recent interview:

“The beauty of this form of abstraction is its ability to dismiss the specific as unimportant, freeing artists to concern themselves with a more general response to living, a more universal reaction to, and comment on life/humanity”.

Through the use of simple geometrical constraints coupled with a deep passion for colour Paul’s art both celebrates our potential for oneness, our human similarities, but also reflects upon our propensity towards disharmony and bloodshed. Being an optimist at heart celebration seems to get the upper hand.

Background

Paul was born in 1959 in Slough, Buckinghamshire, England.

He lives and works in Eastbourne, East Sussex, England.