I am interested in how painting can tap into the poetics of time and place. I make paintings of subjects I encounter in my daily life — views from windows, parks, woodlands, interiors, objects, and so on — as well as subjects that do not depict a real place but represent either a memory or an evocation.
I think about time, memory, and the ebbs and flows of the natural world. I also explore the alienation, absurdity and anxiety of modern life and, in contrast, look upon nature as a space for healing—a realm which one can run to as an escape zone. I often paint how this natural refuge, which exists at its own cadence, comes into contact with us and the world we made.
Pavel Isupov is a painter born in Exeter, England, in 1996. He graduated from the Edinburgh College of Art in 2018 and has sustained a studio practice since graduating, with exhibitions including the RSA New Contemporaries 2019 and his first solo exhibition at the Plough Art Centre, Devon in 2021.
BA (Hons) Painting at Edinburgh College of Art 2015 – 2018
UAL Diploma in Art and Design (Foundation Studies) at Exeter College 2014-2015
Exeter College 2012-2014
Solo Show (Reopening), October 2021, Plough Arts Centre, Torrington, Devon
Solo Show, March - April 2020 (Closed for Covid), Plough Arts Centre, Torrington, Devon
RSA New Contemporaries 2019, March - April 2019, Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound,
RSA Ages of Wonder - Touring Exhibition 2018-2019
Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show, June 2018, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh
Hix Award Exhibition, September -November 2017, Hix Art Gallery, Shoreditch, London
Hix Award Continued Show, January - February, 2018 Coutts Bank, The Strand, London
Foreshadow, Collaborative Exhibition with Nancy Nightingale, March 2018, Tent Gallery, West Port, Edinburgh
The Salon, April 2018 Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh
Rift, April 2018, Whitespace, Edinburgh.
Build Up, December 2017. Gallery 23, Edinburgh.
After the Storm, April – May 2017. John Hope Gateway, Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh
Walk This Way, March 2017. West Barns Studios, Dunbar
Running Up That Hill: Third Year Show, April-May 2017, St Margaret’s House, London Road, Edinburgh