Paul Wackers

Solo Show: Atmospheres and Environments, September 8th – October 27th, 2018
Solo show: Slow Wave, April 28th – June 11th, 2016
Solo show: New Works, November 8th – December 20th, 2014
Group show: Split Focus: A group show with Renée Gertler, Matt Gil, and Paul Wackers, June 20th – July 25th, 2013
Tournesol Award Exhibit, June 10th – August 8th, 2009
Solo show: idle/idol, April 2nd – May 14th, 2011
Tournesol Award Exhibit, June 10th – August 8th, 2009
Solo show: Stand Still Like the Hummingbird, February 16th – March 15th, 2008
Solo show: Another Side of This Life, October 20th – November 24th, 2006


Artist Portrait Photo Credit: Austin McManus ( aus10_10sua ) Juxtapoz Magazine


Paul Wackers was born New Haven, Connecticut in 1978. He received his MFA from San Francisco Art Institute, and  BFA from Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. Some of Paul’s solo exhibitions include Narwhal Projects (Toronto, ON), Alice Gallery (Brussels, Belgium), Eleanor Harwood Gallery (San Francisco, CA) and Morgan Lehman Gallery (New York, NY). Paul has also been in several group and two-person shows, including exhibitions at New Image Art (Los Angeles, CA), Halsey McKay (East Hampton, NY), Frosch and Portmann (New York, NY), and Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, CA). His work is in the MIMA Museum (Brussels, BE) and many prominent private and public collections, including Chevron Corporation, Fidelity Investments and the Ellie Mae Corporate Collection. He also installed a large public mural on the James Hotel in New York City.

He received the Tournesol Painting Prize in 2008 with an awarded residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts (Marin County, CA), the NKDale Residency (Sunfjord, Norway), Encore (Brussels, BE), and an artist residency at the  Byrdcliffe Colony (Woodstock, NY), and the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, (Portland, ME).

Paul Wackers has been exhibiting with Eleanor Harwood Gallery since 2006. He lives and work in New York City.

Artist Statement

The work I make is based on things and places I see, feel and keep close to me. I make them to try to understand what they are, what they mean, and how I should understand them. Many of the subjects are things that seem very familiar but through the process become confused or unreal because of the associations created within the picture. I try to remain open to whatever path they take me down. – Paul Wackers, 2014

Curriculum Vitae

b. Dec 25, 1978

Born in New Haven, Connecticut. Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York

Education

MFA, Painting, 2004 San Francisco Art Institute
BFA, Fine Arts, Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington D.C. 2001

Exhibitions

Solo 

2018

Atmosphere and Environments, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2017

Parts of Everything That Are Pieces of Everything Are All Around Us, Alice Gallery, Brussels, BE
Early Settlers, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY

2016

Slow Wave, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco,CA

2015

New Alphabet, Alice Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Thank You For Being You, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY

2014

Paul Wackers, New Works, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“pots, rocks, plants” Re:surgo, Berlin, Germany
Volta Art Fair, New York, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY

2013

“Almost Somewhere” Narwhal Art projects, Toronto Ontario Canada
“Early Romantics” New Image Art, West Hollywood Los Angeles

2012

“Wait and Watch Awhile Go By” Alice Gallery, Brussels Belgium

2011

“Of Life” Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York , NY
“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

Two/Three person shows

2018

Pleasure Garden, group show, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2014

“View Point Geon”, Matthew Feyld, Alvaro Llizarbe & Paul Wackers, Narwhal Contemporary, Toronto, Canada
“Futur Simple” Alice Gallery, Brussels Belgium 

2013

“Split Focus”, Eleanor Harwood Gallery Sf Ca with renee gertler and matt gil

2011

“Burn Out” New Image Art, Los Angeles, Ca with Owen Schmit

2010 

”It Takes Two To Make An Accident” with Sean Cassidy New Image Art Los Angeles Ca 

Group shows

2015 

Wall painting as part of Facebook AIR program, NYC offices
Public art work for The James Hotel, New York
City Street level mural on Avenue of the America at Canal Street
Album art work for Django Django, ‘Pause repeat’
Album art work for Kelley Stoltz, ‘Triangle Time’

2014

 “Still Life” Charlotte Fogh gallery, Aarhus, Denmark
“Just before Brazil” Drawing show Alice Galley, Brussels, Belgium 

2013

“A massive swelling” Muddguts Gallery Brooklyn ny curated by Mark Cross
“up in smoke”,  curated by Brian Wilmont, Greenpoint Terminal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
needles & pen 10 year anniversary show, Luggage store Sf ca

2012

“Habeas Corpus” Halsey Mckay , East Hampton, Ny
“10 Revolutions around the sun” 10 year anniversary show for the Tournesol award, Headlands center for the arts, Sausalito Ca
“Domesticated Souls” Alice Gallery, Brussels Belgium
“Black Foliage” Nudashank, Baltimore Md Curated by Matthew Craven
“where my cones at” traveling group show curated by Ryan Travis Christian
“Cannon Ball!” Frosch &Portmann, New York Ny curated by Vicki Sher
“Scope art fair New York” Eleanor Harwood gallery San Francisco Ca

2011

“Scope art fair Miami” New image art, Los Angeles Ca
“Group Show” Guerrero Gallery. San Francisco, CA
“In the Moment” benefit auction Luggage Store Gallery. San Francisco, Ca
“Pure Logo” New Image Art. Los Angeles CA curated by Skullphone\
“Glass House” Nudashank gallery Baltimore Md
‘Domestic Goods” Eric firestone gallery, East Hampton Ny curated by Ryan Wallace
“Crossing the Rubicon” JAS gallery, Paris France
“Pulse art fair New York” Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York
“Control Group” NOMA gallery, San Francisco Ca

2010

“Aqua Art fair Miami Beach” Miami Fl with Morgan Lehman Gallery,
“Plain Air” Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn Ny curated by Brian Wilmont
“Opening Ceremony” Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York Ny
Next art fair Chicago with EbersMoore gallery Chicago Il
“100 Records Volume One” organized by Sonny Smith, Gallery 16, San Francisco Ca
“Atlas Findings” Narwhal art Projects, Toronto, Ontario Canada
“Paper Awesome!” Bear Ridgeway Exhibitions, San Francisco Ca
“Pulse Art fair Nyc 2010” with Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York Ny

2009

Aqua art Miami, Eleanor Harwood Gallery Miami fl

“14 artists” New Image Art, Los Angeles Ca
“Hyperspaces”  Park Life Gallery, San Francisco Ca
“Painting Group show” Ebersb9,  Chicago, IL

 2008

“One to Many, photocopy zine show”. Partisan Gallery, San Francisco, Ca
“Landscape, Portrait, Pattern part one” Hallway Bathroom Gallery, San Francisco, Ca
Aqua art miami , Eleanor Harwood Gallery
“Secret Life of Plants” Eleanor Harwood Gallery San Francisco, Ca curated by Dan Carlson
“Kick Out the Jams: Hot/Cold #2” Luggage Store, San Francisco, Ca
“Zombie Surfers” Cell Project Space, London, Uk
“Apocabliss” Alice Gallery, Brussels, Belgium. Curated by Maya Hayuk

2007

“Park Life One Year Anniversary Group Show” Park Life, San Francisco Ca
“Albedo” Eleanor Harwood gallery, San Francisco Ca
“Landscape at the limit” Second street gallery, Charlottesville, Va. curated by Jonathan Stuhlman
“Pause” black bird space, San Francisco, Ca

2006

Aqua art Miami, Eleanor Harwood Gallery San Francisco Ca
“Pause” Factory model, Miami FL
“West coast windows” Samson projects,  Boston Ma, curated by Oliver Halsman Rosenberg
“Brains send more cops- a Zombie Exhibit” space gallery, San Francisco, Ca. Curated by Archie McKay and Kottie Paloma
nova art Chicago, Adobe books backroom Gallery, Chicago, Il
“Monster Drawing Rally 2006” southern exposure, San Francisco, Ca

2005

Aqua art Miami, Adobe Books Backroom Gallery San Francisco Ca
“Let’s start a fire”, Fort Mason Hostel San Francisco Ca

2004

“Barely legal: Danger” Signal 66, Washington D.C.
“Monster Drawing Rally 2004” Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
“Trabajos del Corazon” The Lab, San Francisco CA
“San Francisco Art Institute MFA Exhibition” Fort Mason Herbst Pavillion, San Francisco, CA
“Field Trip” Cal Arts Student Galleries, Los Angeles, CA
“Group Show” 3479 18th st San Francisco, CA
The Lab, “Inside of Inside Art Auction” San Francisco, CA 

2003

“Inside Out” Swell gallery San Francisco Ca
Group show 3479 18th st San Francisco Ca

2002

“Fresh” Swell Gallery San Francisco Ca

2001

”The good news” Noma art space 57 N st Washington D.C.
“Emo-nauts” 7th st space Washington D.C.
“Juvenile Delinquents” 7th st space Washington D.C.

2000

“Thesis preview” White Walls Gallery, Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington D.C. Aroma” Washington D.C.
“Teenage Hoodlums” 7th st space Washington D.C. 

1999

“Lexiphantasism” Martin Luther King Library Washington D.C. 

Residencies

2015

Encore,  Brussels, Belgium September

2014

Nordic Artist’s Centre Dale/Nordisk Kunstnarsenter Dale, Sunnfjord, Norway, January-March
Byrdcliffe Guild, Woodstock, NY, August-September

Grants and Awards

2017 

Visiting artist McKinney Visiting Artist Series at Indiana University

2008-2009

Tournesol Award, Headlands Center For the Arts, Sausalito, CA 2008/2009

2008

Finalist for the 2008 SECA award, SFMOMA

2002

SFAI Grant 2003

1999

Dean’s Merit Scholarship, Corcoran College of Art 1997

Visiting Artist Lecture

Brooklyn College MFA program 2012
Visiting Artist Lecture, University of Ohio, Cincinnati 

Publications

The Liner, an epistolary magazine No. 2 2013 pg.36-40
Harpers Magazine may 2013 p29
New American paintings #104 2012
It’s nice that issue #6
“Ruby: otherworldliness” Ruby magazine book published by Gestalten Books
Cheap+Plastique Issue #8 interview
“Giving In To Live The Experience” published by seems books
“Apenest” volume two, Compilation of emerging artists in North America
http://www.apenest.com/
http://apenest.com/Mediakit07.pdf
You Are Welcome Here, Paintings by Paul Wackers published by Alice Gallery Brussels

Press

http://www.bigsmokeart.com/2013/06/paul-wackers-narwhal-projects.html
San Francisco Bay Guardian
Picks spread week November 15-21, 2006
http://www.sfbg.com/entry.php?catid=107&entry_id=2115 interview
http://www.pullthemetal.com/2013/08/paul-wackers/?lang=en
http://www.fecalface.com/SF/features-mainmenu-102/5221-paul-wackers-interview
“Artforum” Critics picks San Francisco online edition November 2006 By Glen Helfand
Featured in KQED Gallery Crawl
http://www.kqed.org/arts/places/profile.jsp?id=22460
http://www.eleanorharwood.com/Paul_Wackers.html
http://secondstreetgallery.org/exhibitions/landscape_at_the_limit.html
http://tenwordsandoneshot.com/paul-wackers

Other Projects

Artwork for textile print for No.6 s/s 2013
Tour poster Artwork for Fiest “Metals” 2011-2012
Album cover art work for Thee Oh Sees “Dog Poison”2009
Album Cover Art for Octis “ment” 2008
Sfmoma mailer panel design; mar/apr 2008 museum calendar

Collections

MIMA MUSEUM, Brussels, BE
Chevron Corporation
Fidelity Investments
Wellington Management 
New York Presbyterian Hospitals 
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center 
The West Collection
The Stanford University Medical Center Collection
Ellie Mae Corporate Collection
Cambridge Associates, LLC, San Francisco, CA
Pivotal, Washington, DC
Jacksonville MOCA (Florida)
Capital Group, LA 
Related Properties, NYC