Paul Becker

b. 1967 Windsor, lives and works in Gateshead, UK


Hairdresser No. 2. Oil on board. 20x20cm. 2016

The Lesson of the Master. Oil on metal. 20.5x17cm. 2016

A Mirror. Oil on board. 30x21cm. 2016

Woman and Painting. Oil on board. 19.5x19.5cm. 2016

Woman Reading with Painting. Oil on board. 21x30cm. 2016

Smoker. Oil on linen. 91x91cm. 2016

Buttocks Vase. Oil on metal. 25x20 cm. 2010

Woman/Painting. Oil on linen. 45x51cm. 2016

Untitled. Oil on linen. 91x91cm. 2015

The Page. Oil on canvas 110x110cm. 2016



Slade School of Fine Art, (M.F.A. London)


Kingston Polytechnic, (BA Hons.)


Grimsby School of Art



The Kink in the Arc: A Collective Novel, M_HKA, Antwerp


Choreography, ARCADE, London


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
CIRCUIT, Lausanne
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)

Residencies, Grants and Awards


The Lodgers, M_HKA, Antwerp


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

Curated projects


The Kink in the Arc , a collective novel. Featuring Giles Bailey, Anna Barham, Paul Becker, Jenny Brownrigg, Toby Christian, Tess Denman-Cleaver, Kathryn Elkin, Chris Fite-Wassilak, Nadia Hebson, Kirsty Hendry, Fiona Larkin, Johannes Maier, Sophie Macpherson, Alice McCreadie, Luke McCreadie, Conal McStravick, Francesco Pedraglio, Tania Perez-Cordova, Adam Phillips, Chris Power, Audrey Reynolds, Carla Scott-Fullerton, Natasha Soobramanien, Axelle Stiefel, Robin Vanbesien, Luke Williams


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).

Solo Exhibitions


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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