PAUL P. "PORTRAIT" DRAWING, 2002
Paul P. (b. 1977) is a noted figurative Canadian artist who has exhibited internationally and is currently represented by Maureen Paley (London).
Paul P.'s aesthetic recalls both late 19th century portraiture and pre-AIDS pornography. His subjects range from the anonymous youth published in adult magazines to his own friends, lovers and family. The work evokes moments of sensual connection as if they were suspended in a memory. While certain images lean towards illustration in their aesthetic, other works are more expressionistic.
In this fine and evocative drawing, realized in colored pencil, red washes across the background, matching the introspective subject’s ruddy cheeks. With an over the shoulder turned gaze this figure seems to be looking past the viewer with an expression of either nonchalance or vulnerability, adding another level of intrigue to this evocative work.
Paul P.'s work was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial and can be found in the permanent collections of several public collections including the MoMA (NYC), the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), the Glenbow Museum (Calgary) and the Brooklyn Museum.
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Signed, dated 2002 by the artist verso.
Coloured Pencil on Paper
8.5”H 6.25”W (sheet)
16”H 13.5"W (framed)
Framed with museum glass
Provenance: Paul Petro Gallery, Toronto
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