|Biography from Annex Galleries:|
|Harold Paris produced imagery from diverse and innovative media.
Born in Long Island in 1925, he had much creative influence from
childhood. As a youth Paris was allowed to work behind the scenes
applying makeup at the Yiddish theatre where his father was an
actor. This early dramatic influence remained with the artist,
showing up later in his personality, and the subject matter and
inventive bent of his creativity.|
Paris studied in America and
Europe but remained an outsider, eschewing the art centers as well as
the movements. He studied briefly at Atelier 17 and the Creative
Lithographic Workshop in New York. Awarded the Louis Comfort
Tiffany Fellowship, the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and the
Fulbright Fellowship, he applied these monies to realizing goals in
graphics, painting and casting. He lived in Madrid while guest
instructing at the Academia de San Fernando, and in Munich while
studying casting at the Akademie der Bildenden Kunst.
As a correspondent for Stars and Stripes,
the Armed Forces newspaper during World War II, Paris witnessed the
Nazi death camps at Buchenwald and began his Buchenwald series of
graphics in 1945. Profoundly affected, he expressed his personal
torment with Semitic references in his imagery and titles.
However, the iconography is so personal that it defies
Paris moved to California between
1960-1961. At the age of 35, he became Assistant Professor of Art
at the University of California, Berkeley, and was promoted to full
Professor in 1972. During these seminal years he continued to
explore the new medium of plastic and expand upon the use of ceramics
by developing means to strengthen and support ceramic walls and
rooms. He co-founded a bronze foundry in Berkeley and developed
techniques of welding and casting, thought impossible by others.
Paris died as recognition of his art was just being realized.
He is represented in the Art Institute of Chicago, Achenbach Foundation
for the Graphic Art, Hirshhorn Museum, Judah L. Magnus Museum, Library
of Congress, Museum of Modern Art New York, National Gallery of Art,
Oakland Museum, Philadelphia Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
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