Paul Wackers

Solo show: Slow Wave, April 28th – June 11th, 2016
Solo show: New Works, November 8th – December 20th, 2014
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

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

Born in 1978 in New Haven, Connecticut, lives and works in New York City



MFA, painting, 2004 San Francisco Art Institute


BFA, Fine Arts, Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington D.C.

Grants and Awards


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


Finalist for the 2008 SECA award, SFMOMA


SFAI Grant 2003


Dean’s Merit Scholarship, Corcoran College of Art 1997



Encore,  Brussels, Belgium September


Nordic Artist’s Centre Dale/Nordisk Kunstnarsenter Dale, Sunnfjord, Norway, January-March

Byrdcliffe Guild, Woodstock, NY, August-September

Solo Exhibitions


Slow Wave, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA


New Alphabet, Alice Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

Thank You For Being You, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY


New Works, Paul Wackers, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA

pots, rocks, plants, Re:surgo, Berlin, Germany

VOLTA art fair NY, Morgan Lehman Gallery, NY, NY


Almost somewhere, Narwhal Art projects, Toronto Ontario Canada

Early Romantics, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA


Wait and Watch Awhile Go By, Alice gallery, Brussels Belgium


Of Life, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York , NY

Idle/Idol, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA


New Work, Tournesol Award Show, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA


Stand Still Like the Hummingbird, Eleanor Harwood Gallery,San Francisco, CA


Another side of this life, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA


Old Bodies Become Crystal Clear, Record collector, San Francisco, CA


Eleven Ways to Cut an Egg, BFA Thesis show, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

Two Person Exhibitions


Summer Group Show, Narwhalcontemporary Toronto Canada with Matthew Feyld Alvaro Ilizarbe & Paul Wackers

Futur Simple, Alice Gallery, Brussels, Belgium


Split Focus, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA


Burn Out, New Image Art with Own Schmit, Los Angeles, CA


It Takes Two To Make An Accident, with Sean Cassidy, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions


Pattern Chaos, Cinders Gallery Brooklyn, NY

Strangers Forming a Group Waiting to Kiss, Motle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, curated by salon salon

Pots, Edvarie, New York, NY


View Point Geon, Narwhal Contemporary, Toronto, CA

Futur Simple, Alice Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

Just Before Brazil, Drawing show Alice Gallery Brussels, Belgium

Thanks For Coming, Tribeca Grand Foyer, New York, NY

Objektivity, Impakto, Lima, Peru

Still Life, Charlotte Fogh Gallery, Aarhus, Denmark


A Massive Swelling, Muddguts Gallery, Brooklyn NY Curated by Mark Cross

Up In Smoke, Greenpoint terminal Gallery Brooklyn NY Curated by Brian Wilmont

Needles & Pen, 10 Year Anniversary Show, Luggage Store, San Francisco, CA


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


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

Crossing the Rubicon, JAS Gallery, Paris, France

Pure Logo New Image Art. Los Angeles CA curated by Skullphone

Glass House, Nudashank gallery Baltimore MD

Domestic Goods, Eric Firestone Gallery, Southhampton NY curated by Ryan Wallace

Pulse Art Fair, New York, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York

Crossing the Rubicon, JAS gallery, Paris, France

Control Group, NOMA Gallery, San Francisco, CA


Aqua Art Fair, Miami, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York

Plain Air, curated by Brian Wilmont, Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Opening Ceremony, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York NY

NEXT Art Fair, Chicago, Ebers Moore 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, New York, Morgan Lehman Gallery. New York, NY


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


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


Park Life One Year Anniversary Group Show, Park Life, San Francisco, CA

Landscape at the Limit, 2nd Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA

Albedo, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA


Pause,  Factory model, Miami FL

West Coast Windows, Samson Projects, Boston Ma, curated by Oliver Halsman Rosenberg

Nova Art Chicago, Adobe Books backroom Gallery, Chicago, IL curated by Eleanor Harwood

Monster Drawing Rally 2006, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA


Aqua art Miami, Adobe Books Backroom Gallery, San Francisco CA curated by Eleanor Harwood

Let’s start a fire, Fort Mason Hostel San Francisco CA


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, CalArts Student Galleries, Los Angeles, CA

Group Show, 3479 18th St., San Francisco, CA

Inside of Inside Art Auction, The Lab, San Francisco, CA


Inside Out, Swell gallery San Francisco CA

Group show 3479 18th St. San Francisco CA


Fresh, Swell Gallery San Francisco CA


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.


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.


Lexiphantasism, Martin Luther King Library Washington D.C.


Visiting Artist Lecture, Brooklyn College MFA Program, 2012


The Liner, An Epistolary Magazine, No. 2. 2013. pp. 36-40

Harpers Magazine, May 2013 p29

New American Paintings, No. 104, Featured Artist, 2013. p. 145

It’s Nice that issue #6

“Ruby: otherworldlinees” Ruby magazine book published by Gestalten Books, “Point never winter edition”

“Giving In To Live The Experience” published by seems books

“Apenest” volume two, Compilation of emerging artists in North America


San Francisco Bay Guardian

Picks spread week November 15-21, 2006


Web Press

“Artforum” Critics picks San Francisco online edition November 2006, By Glen Helfand

Featured in KQED Gallery Crawl

Other Projects

Artwork for textile print for No.6 s/s 2013

Tour poster Artwork for Fiest “Metals” 2011-2012

Album cover artwork for Thee Oh Sees “Dog Poison”

Album Cover Art for Octis “ment” album limited edition of 500 released through Brown Sound 2008

SFMOMA mailer panel design; Mar./Apr. 2008 museum calendar

Finalist for the 2008 SECA Award



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