Written Work

The Influence of Art History on Contemporary Practice.

The so-called modern art revolution has often been seen as a break with tradition. This is certainly not a view I share. In fact modern artists establish a new and different view of the past. The historical self-perception of artists like Malevich, Mondrian, Kandinsky or Picasso is not defined by any attempt to place themselves […]

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Artist Statement

A brief description of my working practice and methodology. Being a devotee of non-representational art. I have never considered abstraction to be a deliberate break with the historical art tradition. Indeed, I find the idea that an artist could work outside of this history difficult to understand. Rather abstraction can develop some concealed, buried or […]

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Some Words about Process

The word is open to several interpretations. Where is that line, if any, that separates a technical process such as the stages necessary to produce an intaglio print from the more intuitive process and decision making involved in deciding, for example, a colour balance  when painting or a tonal decision when drawing, when an artist […]

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A Short Talk to Blue Monkey Network Artists, Towner, Eastbourne.

Many things have an influence upon the way I work. Because time is short I will concentrate on two that I feel are particularly important to me – a relationship with the ancient past and the connection with Modernism. I have for some years been attracted to non-representational painting – particularly in the form of […]

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Application to be part of the Blue Monkey Network Curatorial team

Taking a look through Towner’s records an image that immediately stood out for me was a work by Patrick Heron [ 1920 – 1999]. Titled  “Gouache with Some Lines” March 1962 – I at first thought it was a later work. Just looking at it’s graphic economy and unabashed verve in the use of colour […]

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Proposals for a piece of work at the Redoubt.

Working Title “A Celebration of the Aviators”. View the installation. The work would consist of twelve aluminium sheets probably 500mm square painted yellow and black with automotive spray paint, then laquered. Another possibility is to have red and black on one side and green and black on the other. Either way, the chevron motif would […]

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Introduction to the Paintings of Paul Bartholomew

This is an interview about Paul’s work with Marianne May [MM] –a Researcher in Art History at Sussex University. MM: Can you give me some idea of what kind of background you are coming from; what kind of artist you see yourself as? PB: Although I originally had formal art training, I found it more […]

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