In my work I am particularly interested in mood, and the poetics of place. My work always seeks to capture a certain feeling.
I have spent most of my life in Devon, a formative part of my upbringing was spending time on walks in the woodlands and coasts of Devon. Elements of the landscape appear in almost every work of mine.
The influence of my Russian heritage is also evident: Russian art, cinema and literature, and their heavy emphasis in linking changing seasons and nature to spirituality and introspection were ever-present during my upbringing, and this shaped my artistic approaches. I have spent certain periods of my childhood in Russia and these have left very profound personal memories which also feed into my work.
A lot of my work is composed using drawings. Some paintings are based not on real places or images, but on memories or evocations.
Born in 1996 in Exeter, Devon, Pavel Isupov studied his foundation course at Exeter College and then moved to Edinburgh, Scotland, to study Painting at Edinburgh College of Art. During his studies he was a finalist in the Hix Award and his degree show was selected to show at the Royal Scottish Academy’s New Contemporaries show in 2019. He now lives and has a studio in London, where he is focused on producing new work for future projects.
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
Present / Upcoming:
Solo Show, March - April 2020, Plough Arts Centre, Torrington, Devon
RSA Ages of Wonder, Touring Exhibition with RSA Acquired Drawings 2018-2019
RSA New Contemporaries 2019, March 11th - April 3rd 2019, Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh
Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show 2018, June 1st- June 9th, Edinburgh College of Art, 74 Lauriston
Hix Award Exhibition, Hix Art Gallery, Shoreditch, London. September 22nd - November 19th 2017
Coutts Bank, The Strand, London, January 5th - February 28th 2018
Foreshadow, Collaborative Exhibition with Nancy Nightingale, Tent Gallery, West Port, Edinburgh. March 19th - March 25th 2018.
The Salon, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh, April 6th - 15th 2018
Rift, Whitespace, Edinburgh, 1st - 3rd April 2018.
Build Up, 1st - 3rd December 2017. Gallery 23, Edinburgh.
RSA Ages of Wonder, Life Drawings on Show. November 4th 2017 - January 7th 2018
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