New Image Art is pleased to present, "Early Romantics," a solo exhibition by Paul Wackers, opening Saturday, February 16, 2013, 7-10PM.
Paul Wackers will exhibit a new body of paintings that depict geometric still life assemblages interacting with natural settings. Wackers takes the still life object, deduces it into geometric and linear form, and takes an additional step: the form is simplified to abstract shapes while raw painting techniques mimic the nature of the object itself.
Wackers' work is rooted in inventive means of figuration. He uses a multi-method technique to support the subject at large. The formal quality and sincerity of his work walks between the lines of that of a 17th century Dutch still life painter a la Margareta Haverman or Willem Van Aelst, to atmospheric and broken down geometric landscapes, and sometimes to paintings on a single canvas that imitate diptych. Objects placed in the foreground of landscapes resemble hand-made sculptures and viewers may be tempted to wonder if they are not looking at the two-dimensional works of a very accomplished ceramicist! In this latest body of work Paul's paintings balance amazing confidence in his technique and structure with a spirited gentleness.
Wackers- Born in New Haven, Connecticut, lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.Wackers received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design.
Solo Exhibitions include: "Wait and Watch Awhile Go By" Alice gallery, Brussels Belgium (2011), "Of Life" Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York , NY (2011), "Idle/Idol" Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, Ca (2009), "New Work" Tournesol award show, Luggage store gallery, San Francisco, Ca (2008), "Stand Still Like the Hummingbird" Eleanor Harwood Gallery San Francisco, Ca (2006), "Another Side of This Life" Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco Ca , Critics pick in Artforum.com November 2006 by Glen Helfand (2005), "Old Bodies Become Crystal Clear", Record collector, San Francisco Ca (2001), "Eleven Ways to Cut an Egg", BFA Thesis show, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.