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 Paul Ecke  (1953 - )

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: abstract meditative mantras, human life journeys, passions

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1953 (Los Angeles, California)
 
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abstract meditative mantras, human life journeys, passions

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The following  biography was submitted in July of 2006 by Virginia Repasky:

Paul Ecke is a mid-career painter of contemporary non-figurative and figurative works on canvas and panel.  His works are an amalgam of color, texture and movement achieved through application of oil, acrylic and metallic paints to canvas, all applied by brush, hand and even trowel.  The results are colorful, thought and emotion-provoking images that convey the inner strength, conviction and complexity of the artist.

Paul Ecke was educated at California State University, Fullerton, receiving degrees in art with emphasis in ceramic arts and painting.  His classical training taught him to represent the human form.   His skill as a ceramicist affects his paintings, giving them a three-dimensional quality through the application of textural media to his works on canvas.

With his formal education complete, Ecke pursued a career teaching art in the California public school system.  He headed the entire district art program for Centralia School District of Buena Park, California.  Ecke enjoyed his nine years as an educator but longed to pursue a full-time career in the creation of his own art.

Paul Ecke has been a full-time contributor to the contemporary art world since 1985.  His works are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manila, Philippines and the Daytona, Florida’s Museum of Arts and Science.  He has shown in galleries in New York, Chicago, San Diego, Palm Springs, Florida, the Philippines and Bali, Indonesia. 

His works are in many private and corporate collections including those of Universal Studios, Jimmy Z Sportswear, Taco Bell, Flojet Corporation, Carsey Warner Productions and Dionne Warwick’s collection.  Works by Paul Ecke are already slated to be part of endowment of contemporary paintings and graphics art to London’s Museum of Contemporary Art.  Paul Ecke’s has been the featured artist in numerous art publications.

Ecke’s compositions are based on abstractions.  The works are rich in inspired concepts that follow a stream of thought has always fascinated the artist.  With his series “Quadrants”, Ecke continues to examine the abstract notions of time, space, thought, the philosophy of color and their relationship to the human experience.  The group of paintings assembled for this exhibition, “Quadrants”, deals directly with four stages of man’s spiritual development.  The viewer can see throughout this series a delineation of the works into panels or segments that make up an entire piece.  Like the stages of our spiritual development: “The Athlete”, “The Warrior”, the Statesman” and ultimately “the Spirit” these works reflect life’s journey and weaves together the tapestry of our life experience.

In his series “Fractals,” Ecke explores the complexities of human inter-relationships in the form of the line, pattern and color.  Ecke addresses the timeless journey of the eternal acting as a shamen.  He in turn allows us to confront the passages of birth, life and death.  In nature as well as mathematics, fractals are geometric objects that in their basest form contain self-similar structures that are repeated in the whole.  Thus, everything comes from and is composed of fractals.  For, Ecke the fractal becomes his meditative mantra and his path-road into this life experience.  From the child to the man, life is composed of repeating relationships and inter-connecting journeys.  His stripes transform into intersections and his circles become cycles of consciousness.  Each artwork is created through applying multi-layers of paint and media and then stripping them away.  Thus, even in his process, Ecke demonstrates that all can be deconstructed and constructed again from simple elements.  With each piece the viewer is then asked to engage in their own personal dialogue of their roadmap. 

Due to be released is his “Passions and Addictions” suite.  With these works the canvases are built up, scratched back, painterly and loosely sketched.  The audience as consumer is asked to be a participant as well as be judged and judge others.  In his painting “Tall or Venti”, Starbucks coffee cups are patterned along the canvas.  The logo is elevated to icon.  The question is asked “How is Starbucks equated with happiness?”  When did consumerism and big business dictate our morals?  When did the path to enlightenment become an end to the sale of a product?  Ever more deeply, Ecke explores the complexities and dichotomies of living in a capitalistic culture.  How does one reconcile a company putting out of small business yet at the same time providing expansive employee benefits?  How does one justify global prosperity and find fault with eradicating cultures?  Ecke examines this fine line we walk every day, a line most tend to ignore as long as it feeds our passions and addictions.

Featured in:
5 Page Feature Story, International Fine Art Collector Magazine, September Issue   1991
Front Page Story, “Hot Artist”, Los Angeles Times, September 15 Issue 1991
4 Page Feature Article, California Homes and Lifestyles, March Issue 1992
4 Page Feature Article, International Fine Art Collector Magazine, May Issue 1993
First Museum Acquisition, Daytona, Florida Museum of Arts and Science 1993
Commission for Cover, Orange County Magazine Annual Edition 1994
2 Page Feature Article, “Revealed”, Orange Coast Magazine, December Issue 1996
Feature Article, San Diego Downtown News, June Issue 2002
NBC News Interview, “Spotlight On Artists” July Segment 2002
Art News Magazine, Featured Ad, June Issue 2003
Cover, Gallery Guide, West Coast, April Issue 2005
Cover, Gallery Guide, National International Collectors Edition, May Issue 2005
5 Page Feature Story, “Paul Ecke in Laguna”, Space Magazine, April Issue 2006

Solo Exhibitions:
Sterling Gallery, La Jolla, CA  1990-1993
William Merrill Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA  1990-2005
Quest Gallery, Taos, NM  1996
Gallery IBah, Ubud Bali, Indonesia  1996
ASF (AIDS Service Foundation), Orange County, CA  1997
APLA (AIDS Project Los Angeles), Los Angeles, CA  1997
Gallery Adrienne, La Jolla, CA  1997-1999   
William Merrill Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA  1999

Selected Group Exhibitions:
Sterling Gallery, La Jolla, CA  1990-1993
William Merrill Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA  1990-2005
Gallerie Arlette G’maray, Paris, France  1992
Royal Palm Gallery, Palm Desert, CA  1992-1993
Galeries Thierry Salvador, Paris, France  1993-1997
Elaine Sternberg Gallery, Chicago, IL  1994
Sterling Marchetti Gallery, New York, NY  1994-1995
‘Art Alive’, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA  1993-1995  
Gallery Adrienne, La Jolla, CA  1997-1999
Feast on Art, Orange County Museum of Art, CA  1997
Gallery Adrienne, San Francisco, CA  1998
Emerald City Gallery, Seattle, WA  1998-2000



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