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Lived/Active: New York/Ontario / Canada/France      Known for: portrait, figure, still life, nudes, eroticism, gay pornography, cityscape, fantasy

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Untitled, 2010
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Paul P. BFA (1977) (1)

A painter and draftsman, Paul P. was born in Hamilton, Ontario and raised in Toronto, Ontario. He has lived in New York City and currently (2013) lives in Paris, France. Twenty seven of his drawings and paintings are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

His mediums include oil paint, watercolor, gouache*, pastel, charcoal, colored pencil, grease pencil, pencil, and mixed mediums. His subjects are portraits, figures, still life, nudes, eroticism, gay pornography, fantasy, landscapes, cityscapes, social commentary and allegory*. His most well known style is Realism*; however, he has also done works that could be described as Tonalism*, Impressionism* and Fauvism*. The AskART images are good illustrations of his oeuvre.

His art education includes graduation from York University, Toronto (BFA 2000); where as a student, he was a studio assistant for artist Stephen Andrews (see AskART).

P.’s works were included in the exhibitions “Republic of Love”, The Power Plant, Toronto (2004); “People”, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina, Naples, Italy (2006); The 5th Biennale de Montreal, Quebec (2007); and “Compass in Hand”, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2009). He was the subject of a solo exhibition at The Power Plant, Toronto in 2007.

Since 2000 his works have been in numerous solo and group exhibitions at prominent commercial galleries such as Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto; Other Gallery, Winnipeg; Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary; Daniel Reich Gallery, New York; Algus Greenspon, New York; LaMontagne Gallery, Boston; Angstrom Gallery, Dallas; Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles; Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica; Maureen Paley, London; Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris; Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels; Arndt & Partner, Berlin; Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg; de Pury and Luxembourg, Zurich, Switzerland; Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia, Italy; Tempo Rubato, Tel Aviv; Gallery Side 2, Tokyo; and Hiromi Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo.

P.’s works are in the permanent collections of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Ontario and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. (2)

(1) He dropped his last name in favor of “P.” while in university. Source: Joseph R. Wolin, “Paul P.: Gilded Age” summer 2011 issue of Canadian Art (website).

(2) The source for the Agnes Etherington Art Centre is the Canadian Heritage Information Network*. The source for the Museum of Modern Art is the MOMA website. P.’s CV, which is posted by Maureen Paley, London, also notes that P. has works in the collections of the Glenbow Museum, Calgary and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; there is no reason to doubt this but it could not be verified by the museums online.?
Joseph R. Wolin, “Paul P.: Gilded Age”, summer 2011, Canadian Art (website)
Contemporary Art Daily, November 2, 2009 (website)
David Velasco, interview February 2008, Museo Magazine (website)
Bill Clarke, "Paul P." Winter 2007, Canadian Art (website)
Canadian Heritage Information Network*
Maureen Paley, London, England
Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Power Plant, Toronto

* For more in-depth information about these terms and others, see Glossary

Written and submitted by M.D. Silverbrooke.

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