Paul Brotherton (BA Hons: Visual Artist; painting)















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Reviews & publications (include)

ENERGIA CREATIVA ARTE (International Catalogue of Contemporary Artists); three abstract works & artist presentation, in hardback book, published by Art Journal (Italy); Curated by Alessio Boschi and Paola Trevisan (November 2013)

Rivierart (Geneva, Switzerland) magazine; ‘Africa 9’ image published in review of TIA ‘Vibrant Synchronies’ exhibition; Galway, Ireland (Issue No8 / 2013)

Kenny Gallery (Galway, Ireland); “Vibrant Synchronies” curated by Paola Trevisan of Trevisan International Art; published Exhibition Catalogue (May 2013)

Trevisan International Art (Italy); ‘Rassegna Internazionale D’Arte Contemporanea’, Vico del Gargano, Puglia, Italy; “San Valentino” published Collective Exhibition Catalogue (February 2013)

EAGL Gallery (Berlin, Germany); European Artist’s Going Live “quadriART2013” published Collective Exhibition Catalogue (February 2013)

Galleria De’Marchi Gallery (Bologna Italy)  Trevisan International Art (Rovigo, Italy); “Little Treasures” published Collective Exhibition Catalogue (October 2012)

Agora Gallery (Chelsea, Manhattan, NYC, USA); Agora Gallery website feature / Agora ARTmine website feature & Agora Gallery printed publication “Degrees of Abstraction” Collective Exhibition Catalogue (July 2012)

University of Wolverhampton; website Alumni feature “Where are they now?” and wlv@lumni ezine Alumni article “Graduate Success Story: Paul Brotherton – BA Hons Graphic Design” by Amy Roberton (February 2012)

Manchester Art Gallery; Friends Newsletter Issue 4 (printed publication); article “Watercolour art class” by Paul Brotherton (Autumn/Winter 2010)

Stockport Times; Art colour feature “Different strokes” (8th July 2010)

Wigan Council website; ‘Red bridge’ featured to represent “Leigh & Wigan Open” (2008)

BBC Radio Manchester; interviewed with Denise Thornton (Director, Blyth Gallery) on the solo exhibition “colourist journeys”; by Richard Fair for “Studio 6” (7th Nov 2006)

Manchester Confidential website; “Paul Brotherton at stroon” (August 2006)

Moving House magazine; “Around the galleries” colour feature (Dec 2002)

Manchester Evening News; go...to the arts (the main arts review of Blyth Gallery 6 artist gallery group exhibition on Manchester during the Commonwealth Games; see quotation below); “City’s six appeal” by Rachel Pugh (2nd Aug 2002)

This is Manchester magazine (Issue 4); this is Culture: Blyth Gallery; review (July 2002)

Warrington Guardian; “Paul captures the city life” article by Peter Magill (18th July 2002)

Cheshire Life; “ What’s On” three colour features (June 2004 / Aug 2002 / & May 2001)

Manchester Metro; Art Review “life - tamed and untamed?” by Rob Haynes (8th May 2001)

Manchester Evening News; go...to the arts (the main MEN Go arts review of the Blyth Gallery solo exhibition “Life – Tamed and Untamed”, see quotation below); colour article; “It’s a JUNGLE out there” by Rachel Pugh (4th May 2001)

Warrington Guardian; “Paul’s vision of life goes on display” Suzanne Elsworth (May 2001)

24:7 North West What’s On (magazine) “Life” colour feature (May 2001)

Manchester Life magazine; Alan Hulme’s What’s On Gallery Guide (May 2001)

Selected quotations

“Paul Brotherton: A Retrospective: An exhibition of work from this Cheshire-based artist, best known for his boundary-pushing methods of painting and his wide-ranging exploration of artistic movements, including abstract expressionism”

Art Picks (4th October 2013) Arts Citylife, Manchester Evening News 


Vibrant and expressive, his work traverses boundaries between figurative, abstract and semi-abstract...”

Jacqui Wood, Artistic Director, Arc (July 2010) news release, Arc Community Gallery & “Different Strokes” (8th July 2010) Stockport Times 


“Although he sometimes works from his imagination, Paul generally uses his own ‘on-site’ sketches and photographs to create drawings back in the studio which he develops into paintings. His work is bold and painterly, but often this freedom of expression is juxtaposed with structure and uniformity.”

Emma Hodge, Assistant Arts Development Officer, Vale Royal District Council, Cheshire (May 2008) press release, Castle Park Arts Centre 


“Paul’s work is a far cry from the grey industrial cityscapes that characterise so many depictions of Manchester, bringing colour and vibrancy to familiar city scenes ...”

Manchester Confidential (August 2006) Paul Brotherton at stroon, website


“The former graphic designer gets a buzz from depicting the characters on the streets – the girls shopping in the rain, the queues outside the night clubs and the families making their way through the squares”

Rachel Pugh (2nd August 2002) go...to the arts, Manchester Evening News


“I have enjoyed exhibiting your work at the Blyth Gallery over the past month and I shall miss it. Your work made a dynamic and an interesting show. Visitors to the exhibition found your work ‘excellent’ and ‘exciting’ with ‘wonderful – Manchester in a way I didn’t see it; colours and textures are lovely’ and ‘great to see Manchester looking so impressive’, all comments taken from the visitors book. Your work has both inspired students and been admired by other professionals...”

Denise Thornton (7th June 2001) Director, Blyth Gallery Manchester


“Paul captures the spontaneity of cafe life and depicts the famous landmarks of Manchester”

Amanda Griffiths (May 2001) “What’s On”, Cheshire Life


“... Brotherton was born with a strong drive to be an artist.........he is a long term lover of Manchester and has observed the way that artists have traditionally depicted the city as a rainy place packed with impressive Victorian buildings but not much colour. His aim is to show the explosion of colour that has come with post-bomb redevelopment.”

Rachel Pugh (4th May 2001) go...to the arts, Manchester Evening News