Dr Paul Laidler
Senior Research Fellow
Dr Paul Laidler is a Senior Research fellow at the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR) and Senior Lecturer in BA (Hons) Illustration and MA Multi-disciplinary Printmaking. His research explores the impact of digital technology within the field of fine art printmaking, focussing on the advantages of using the traditional collaborative print studio model when generating and archiving digital print data for a specific artist. He has compared traditional standards and benchmarks associated with the collaborative print studio as a means to reappraise the role of the master printer in the digital age and offer best practice methods for emerging digital print studios. As part of his work he has developed CFPR Editions as a collaborative print studio specialising in the production and realisation of digital print publications by artists. Over the years Paul has worked on digital print projects for artists such as Richard Hamilton, Therese Oulton, Lesley Dill, Joe Tilson, Paul Hodgson and Leo Baxendale.
In 2012 Paul curated the exhibition Just Press Print which explored the impact of digital technology on the practices of a visual artist working in printmaking, a field traditionally associated with craft skills and mechanical processes. Dispensing with conventional exhibition formats, the exhibition displayed 2D and 3D digital prints along with sketches, notes and test proofs bundled in bulldog clips that hung informally from the walls, thereby focusing on the creative process and not the outcome. The exhibition was shown at Northern Print Gallery, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Multiplied Contemporary Print Fair, Christies, London and IMPACT Conference, University of Dundee. The exhibition is touring the USA from 2015 at venues including Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore; Arizona State, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts; Dept of Art & Art History, University of Utah; University of Wisconsin-Madison Art Department; School of Education; Department of Art & Design University of New Haven and IPCNY (International Print Centre New York).
His most recent research was funded by the REACT project which is one of four UK Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy, dedicated to getting academia and businesses working together. Colourstory is an app developed from the practice of artist Arthur Buxton in collaboration with Paul. It is a digital tool that extracts the main colours from an image and displays them proportionally. The resulting colour charts are arranged chronologically to form a unique narrative using colour.
Paul has given conference papers around the world and regularly publishes articles on his research. His work is included in collections at The V & A, Tate Britain, School of the Art Institute Chicago and The University of the Creative Arts Farnham.
Paul also presents elements of his work and research through his blog, Just Press P
Research Grants Awarded
2013 Visualising Colour Trends, REACT ‘Pump Priming Project' £11864, Academic Lead
2011-12 Investigating the expanding field of production and interpretation of the digital printed artefact in a visual arts context, Grants for early career researchers at UWE £14000 Principal Investigator