1994 Roya Academy Post Graduate Diploma in Painting, Royal Academy Schools, London

1991 BA (Hons) Fine Art 2/1 Nottingham Polytechnic

1988 Foundation Certificate in Art and Design, Stourbridge College



Paul Bloomer’s work can be found in public collections including the Shetland Museum, Dudley Art Gallery, Walsall Art Gallery, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Barnett Council, Grampian Hospitals Art Trust, St Georges Hospital, London, Free Fields Collection, Ruth Borchard Collection and private collections worldwide.  



2006 Vaila Fine Art Prize for Best Painting, Shetland Open Exhibition

2003 Prize for Best Painting, Shetland Open Exhibition

2001 John Gouldie Prize (Printmaking)

1998 John Gouldie Prize (Printmaking)

1995 Apthorpe Fund (Painting)  

1994 Marks and Spencer Award (Painting and Printmaking)

1994 Joseph Webb Award for most outstanding student of etching under 35

1994 John Purcell Printmaking Prize

1992 Dudley Art Gallery Purchase Prize  

1992 Hennington Award for Figurative Composition

1992 Arthur Hacker Prize for Drawing


Selected Exhibitions

2020 How Then Shall We Live, Art North Project Rooms

2020 Entering the Dark, collection of etchings, Kilmorack Gallery

2018 The Return of the Light, collection of etchings, Kilmorack Gallery

2017 A Prayer for the Healing of the Nations, solo exhibition, Shetland Museum

2016 Today- Sumi ink drawings, Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland

2016 Pulling the print, group exhibition, Tatha Gallery, Dundee

2015 Flight- Solo exhibition of woodcut prints, Kilmorack Gallery

2015 Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize, London- prize winner

2013-2014 How Then Shall We Now Live, solo exhibition, Mareel, Shetland

2013 How Then Shall We Now Live, Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland

2011 Unseen, solo exhibition, Vaila Fine Art, Shetland

2010 Facing the Sea, solo exhibition, Boundary Gallery, London

2009 Facing the Sea, solo exhibition, Shetland Museum

2008 2 Large for ZE / Too Small for The Planet, Group Show, Vaila fine Art, Shetland

2008 Solo Exhibition, The Art Gallery, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

2007 From The Black Country to Shetland, solo exhibition, Boundary Gallery, London

2007-Soup, Contemporary Collage, Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland

2006 Highland and Island Artists, UHI Millennium Building, Inverness

2005 A Brush with Words, Martins Gallery, Cheltenham

2005 Light, Burlington Fine Art, London

2004 20th Century Perspectives, Burlington Fine Art, London

2004 Veer North Veers west, Scalloway Woollen Mill, Shetland

2004 Veer North Inaugural Exhibition, Shetland Museum

2003 Recent Woodcuts, solo exhibition, Shetland Museum

2000 Journey Man, solo exhibition, Shetland Museum

1999 Streams of Living Water, solo exhibition, Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland

1998 A Tale of Two Cities, solo exhibition, Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland and touring

1998 Boundary Landscapes, Boundary Gallery, London

1998 Solo Exhibition, Shetland Museum

1998 Lyrical Orientations, Beatrice Royal Contemporary Art, Southampton

1997 Solo Exhibition, Clode Gallery, Bridgenorth

1997 Mid Art (Print Prize Winner) Dudley Art Gallery

1996 Before and After, The Royal Academy, Boundary Gallery, London

1991-1999, 2001,2005 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London

1995 Mid Art (Prize Winner) Dudley Art Gallery

1995 Making A Mark, Mall Gallery, London

1994 Open Exhibition Royal Overseas League, London

1994 Open Door 40 British Artists, London

1994 National Print Exhibition (Second Prize) Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham

1994 New Discoveries, Boundary Gallery, London

1994 In Search of the Black Country, Walsall Art Gallery

1994 National Print Exhibition (Prize Winner) Mall Galleries, London

1993 Solo Exhibition, The Weathered Wall Gallery, Seattle


Selected Publications and Articles 

Exhibition Catalogue- Art North Project Rooms 2020

How Then Shall We Now Live, Art North Magazine, Issue 5/6 2020

Entering the Dark Exhibition Catalogue, Kilmorack Gallery, 2019

A Song of Home, Essay by Malachy Tallack, Art North issue 4, Winter 2019 

A Song of Hope, essay by Malachy Tallack, Sep 2019, Caught by the River

The Return of the Light, Exhibition Catalogue, Kilmorack Gallery 2018

The Tensions of the Global Village, James McKenzie, Shetland News, June 2017

Trump War and Facebook, Peter Davis, Shetland Times Revue, June 2017

All one in Life and death, Alex Purbrick, Shetland Life, 2017

How Then Shall We Now Live, Laura Friedlander, Shetland times, December 2014    

How Then Shall We Now Live, interview with Zusanna O’Rourke, Shetland life,

December 2013

I –Art, Jordan Ogg, Shetland Life, June 2011

The Water Colour’s Clinch it, Peter Davis, Shetland News, May 2nd 2011

Technology Meets Art in ‘Brushes ’Exhibition, Jordan Ogg, Shetland Times, April 15th 2011

Facing The Sea- Art of England, April 2010

Contemplating Life whilst Facing the Sea, Gerald Isaaman, Camden New Journal,15th April 2010


Television Programmes / Films

Heart of the Country, Central T.V. April 27th 1997

How then shall we now live, Art of Scotland TV, Nov 23rd 2013



Lecturer in Art at Shetland College UHI since 1997

Currently Site Leader of  BA (Hons) Fine Art