Artists

Paul Becker

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

Works

Biography

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.

Education

1997/99

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

1986/89

Kingston Polytechnic, (BA Hons.)

1984/86

Grimsby School of Art

Exhibitions

2016

The Mean of Men, with Adam Philips. Podcast, 13th December, Resonance FM

2016

Written Dancing: Paintings, at BASIC MOUNTAIN, Edinburgh

2016

Drop City Centre, Laing Art Gallery Newcastle

2015

"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

2014

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

2013

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.

2012

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

2010

Meet The Residents. (with Alex Frost & Sophie Macpherson) AIR Antwerpen
SV10. Studio Voltaire, London (selected by Jennifer Higgie & Rebecca Warren)

Residencies, Grants and Awards

2016

Hospitalfield Arts, Arbroath

2014

AIR Antwerpen Artists in Residence. Antwerp

Writer in Residence, Experimentica Live Art Festival Chapter, Cardiff

2011

Henry Moore Institute Research Fellowship, Leeds UK

PEN Writers Residency, Antwerp

Arts Council England (Literature)

2010

• AIR Antwerpen Artists in Residence. Antwerp

2008

The Arts Council East

Curated projects

2012

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.

2007

Mutineer. Kunsthalle M8, Berlin (with: Joel Croxon, Nadia Hebson, Paul Housley, Merlin James, Gary McDonald, Peter McDonald, Eddie Weldon & Lynette Yiadom-Boakye).

Solo Exhibitions

2016

Written Dancing: Paintings at BASIC MOUNTAIN Edinburgh

2015

Paul Becker: New Paintings Drop City, Newcastle

2013

Le Salon, Brussels. Curated by FormContent

2008

Noble Prince Of The Royal Mysteries. Vane, Newcastle

2005

Fontanelle. Transition, London

Publications

2016

The Mean of Men (with Adam Phillips) Published by CIRCA Projects, Newcastle

2014

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)

2013

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

2012

False Testimony: Collected Writings. Published by Lenz Books

2012

Leon Spilliaert, Turps Banana Magazine, London

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