Paul Rooney works in a range of media including film, video, sound and web-based projects, as well as writing texts, which are an integral part of his practice. His work approaches the subject of history through the individual memories of characters he invents or finds online. These works are heavily layered with cultural references that immerse the viewer in a complex aesthetic world.
In 2006 Film and Video Umbrella commissioned Paul Rooney to make ‘Dust’, part of the major touring project ‘Single Shot’, and more recently worked with the artist on ‘Bellevue’, a film based on Malcolm Lowry’s short book ‘Lunar Caustic’.
Born in Liverpool in 1967, Rooney trained at Edinburgh College of Art and was a founder member of artist group Common Culture who exhibited at East International in 1999. Rooney’s work has been shown internationally, with solo shows and projects at Ikon, Birmingham; and Matt’s Gallery and Cubitt, London. Group shows have included Tate Britain; Tate Liverpool; Galeria Casa Gaia, Havana; De La Warr Pavilion, Sussex; Lost and Found, Amsterdam; and the touring exhibition British Art Show 6. In 2008 he was awarded the prestigious Northern Art Prize.