Richard Paul


Interested in photography's ability to manipulate scale and expand the limits of human perception, Richard Paul worked with high-powered microscopes in the Materials department to produce lenticular prints, which give an impression of three-dimensionality. These portrayed objects and surfaces of vastly different sizes: from hand-held tools to to the surface of silicon. These prints were show as part of 'Beyond Transparency' in Martin Hall Gallery in early 2020. One of them - Suspended Diatoms (enhanced green) - has been purchased for the University's arts collection, and now hangs in the foyer of S Building, home to the Materials department.

Richard Paul was born in Paisley and studied BA Fine Art in Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee (now University of Dundee) and MA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins (now UA). An extended period as a catalogue photographer and noise musician coloured (literally) his vision of the world and the means by which he felt he could articulate it. A chance encounter with a product of Brian May’s obsession with stereoscopic photography (a still life by T.R. Williams) allowed him to figure out a happy medium between the image and the object; this has resulted in him producing lenticular prints and 3D videos for projection and 3DTV. Representation by Theodore:Art in New York, solo exhibitions in Seventeen Gallery London and Sixprojectspace, Bournemouth, and various international group shows have allowed him to develop his practice in full view of various publics. 


Materials Residencies

Artists Phoebe Collings-James, Richard Paul and Rachel Pimm undertake research in the University's Department of Materials. Read more

Project Partners

Prof Gary Critchlow

Professor of Surface and Interface Science
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Shaun Fowler

Technician, Department of Materials
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Sam Davis

Materials Characterisation Technician, Department of Materials
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Beyond Transparency: Works from 'Materials Residencies'

Thu 9 January 2020

12:00pm - 14:00pm

Exhibition of works produced by Materials Residency artists during and informed by their residencies. Read more

Beyond Transparency: Exhibition Opening

Wed 8 January 2020

12:00pm - 18:00pm

Join us to celebrate the opening of 'Beyond Transparency', featuring new work commissioned by Radar. Read more

Materials Conversations: Richard Paul & Duncan Wooldridge

Wed 27 February 2019

13:00pm - 14:00pm

A discussion on photography, materiality, reproduction and authorship. Read more