b. 1967 Windsor, lives and works in Gateshead, UK
Paul Becker’s work is concerned with the possibilities of narrative and extends from painting into literature and film. Collaboration is an increasingly important part of his work and recent films and performances have been made with the artists Francesco Pedraglio, Johannes Maier, Tess Denman-Cleaver and curatorial organisations like CIRCA Projects in Newcastle and FormContent and Auto Italia in London. He lives and works in Gateshead.
Slade School of Fine Art, (M.F.A. London)
Kingston Polytechnic, (BA Hons.)
Grimsby School of Art
The Mean of Men, with Adam Philips. Podcast, 13th December, Resonance FM
Written Dancing: Paintings, at BASIC MOUNTAIN, Edinburgh
Drop City Centre, Laing Art Gallery Newcastle
"SO" Drop City at MAUVE, Vienna, 20th Nov-4th Dec
Paul Becker: New Paintings, Drop City, Newcastle. Saturday, 19th September, 7-9pm
Days, NGCA, Sunderland. 25th July-5th September
A man in a room spray painting a fly (or at least trying to) with Francesco Pedraglio. Tenderbooks, London. 29th July.
Artist in Residence, Hospitalfield Arts, Arbroath
Continuous Material curated by Eleanor Wright & Sam Watson. Durham Castle Museum. 27th April-24th May
The Decorator & the Thief 30th Jan-16th May (with Keith Arnatt, Claire Barclay, Angela Bulloch, CommonRoom, Peter Davies, Leo Fitzmaurice, Barry Flanagan, Ian Giles, Susie Green, Margaret Mellis, Jacqui Poncelet, Yelena Popova & Giorgio Sadotti) Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland.
The Imaginary Archive, 29th Jan. 7pm Whitechapel Gallery
AIR Traces: Austruweel, AIR Antwerpen
Continue Without Losing Consciousness, DCA, Dundee
Field Broadcast: Scene on a Navigable River (with Francesco Pedraglio)
TARR: Fiction By Artists, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (with Audrey Reynolds, Simon Bill, Faye Green & Jennifer Higgie)Corridor Plateau, curated by Markus Karstiess, Autocenter, Berlin
La Polytechnique, with Robin Livsey, The Newbridge Project, Newcastle.
Seigneur, accorde à l'esprit un crédit à la production. Curated by Axelle Stiefel
The Walser Cycle. (with Tess Denman-Cleaver & Nadia Hebson) BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle
We Are Sculptors in Reverse (with Johannes Maier) Video. 10 mins
I Am A Man Of My Own Making, She Says. He Pauses. Now Tie On The Rocket (with Johannes Maier) Video. 8mins
Space Release. CIRCA Projects, Newcastle.
Auto Italia Live: Double Dip Concession, ICA London (with Francesco Pedraglio)
He Complained That Nothing Interested Him Anymore & She Said Perhaps We Could Try Reacting To Silence in a More Interesting Way (with Johannes Maier, Laure Provost, Ben Rivers & Christian Jankowski) Tête, Berlin
Sincerely, how am I talking? (with FormContent) Hollybush Gardens, London
• A New Path (with Alex Frost) Public art walking tour of Glasgow Gorbals.
• As Rivers, (with Francesco Pedraglio & Andy Holden) Cubitt, London
• Dead Bee, Stung, FormContent London
• Pool curated by Will Holder for Garden Marathon, Serpentine Gallery. London
Meet The Residents. (with Alex Frost & Sophie Macpherson) AIR Antwerpen
• SV10. Studio Voltaire, London (selected by Jennifer Higgie & Rebecca Warren)
Hospitalfield Arts, Arbroath
AIR Antwerpen Artists in Residence. Antwerp
Writer in Residence, Experimentica Live Art Festival Chapter, Cardiff
Henry Moore Institute Research Fellowship, Leeds UK
PEN Writers Residency, Antwerp
Arts Council England (Literature)
• AIR Antwerpen Artists in Residence. Antwerp
The Arts Council East
Apropos the Kissing of a Hand (with Holly Antrum, Becky Beasley, Billy Childish, Robert Ellis, Catrin Huber, Sophie Macpherson, Jeremy Millar, Arnaud Moinet, Francesco Pedraglio, Roman Signer, Sylvia Vögel). Vane, Newcastle
Festival Robert Walser Newcastle (various venues) Collective project involving: performance, music, workshops, readings, exhibition & publication.
Mutineer. Kunsthalle M8, Berlin (with: Joel Croxon, Nadia Hebson, Paul Housley, Merlin James, Gary McDonald, Peter McDonald, Eddie Weldon & Lynette Yiadom-Boakye).
Written Dancing: Paintings at BASIC MOUNTAIN Edinburgh
Paul Becker: New Paintings Drop City, Newcastle
Le Salon, Brussels. Curated by FormContent
Noble Prince Of The Royal Mysteries. Vane, Newcastle
Fontanelle. Transition, London
Choreography/Coreografia published by Juan de la Cosa, Mexico
The Mean of Men (with Adam Phillips) Published by CIRCA Projects, Newcastle
Soft Start. Edited by Eleanor Wright & Sam Watson. (with Eric Bainbridge, Tilly Fowler, Maria Fusco, Nadia Hebson, Sophie Michael, Joshua Wilson). Published by The Northern Charter with AND Public
Commissioning Editor: Cadavere Quotidiano: an anthology of artist writings (with Ed Atkins, Becky Beasley, Katrina Palmer, Michael Dean, Tim Etchells)
The Nabokov Paper. Edited by Kate Briggs & Lucrezia Russo, published by IAM (Information As Material)
Essays on Sculpture #68:
My Life by Anton Lesseman. Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
Flash 500, published by Akerman/Daly, London
False Testimony: Collected Writings. Published by Lenz Books
Leon Spilliaert, Turps Banana Magazine, London
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