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Artist's Statement

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 other themes — 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 have created.


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


Exhibitions & Awards

Guildford House Open - November - January 2023 / 2024, Guildford House Gallery, Guildford 

Shortlisted for VAA Exhibition & Scholarship Prize 2024

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 Shortlist 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

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