Paul Dolan is an artist living in Newcastle Upon Tyne. He is a Senior Lecturer of Animation and Doctor of Art at Northumbria University.

Dolan grew up in the Derwent Valley, Gateshead, playing videogames and hanging out in forests and fields. His childhood set up a lifelong dichotomy of the real and virtual, of the natural and simulated. 

His work explores the points of contact between digital and natural environments, often with an ecological purpose.  Through use of photography, computer simulation, game engines and visual scripting, Dolan explores the material properties of “immaterial” digital images, especially in relation to ecology and the natural world. 

His work consists of complex software processes and image making techniques that can be thought of as assemblages of real, virtual, algorithmic, audio and temporal components.