Paul Pagk - installation view

Paul Pagk

United Kingdom 1962

Abstract Art

Paul Pagk
Paul Pagk
United Kingdom
April 3, 2018
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New York-based artist Paul Pagk is an abstract painter dedicated to exploring the limits of traditional notions concerning grace, proportion and compositional balance. By observing his work, Pagk wants us to grasp his thought process, to be aware of how his ideas change and adapt to different, both tangible and intangible, aspects of the canvas. Such a complex relationship is probably best explained by the artist himself, albeit his explanation is a little abstract in its own right:

Seeking to articulate notions of time and space, the viewer accesses the painting while being kept on edge by events occurring within, the original perception by body and mind, a starting point on a journey into the painting.

paintings by Paul Pagk at Eric Dupont Galerie
Paul Pagk – Through In Orbit, 2017, Oil on linen, 65 x 74 in, 165 x 188 cm (Left) / Das Inner Dasein, 2008 – 2009, Oil on linen, 65 x 74 in / 165 x 188 cm) (Right)

The Artist’s Road to Acceptance

Paul Pagk was born in Crawley, England, during the year of 1962, to a Czech father and an English mother. Since mom was a painter herself, she often took her son to museum visits during these early years of Paul’s life – something that proved to be quite influential over the following years. Pagk studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France, between the years of 1978 and 1982.

Upon his graduation, Paul founded the 55 rue des Panoyaux space in the Ménilmontant neighborhood of Paris, a working space for artists that Pagk established in an old foundry. A year later, the aspiring painter met the French gallerist Jean Fournier, who actually became one of his first collectors. During the September of 1988, Pagk moved to New York City where he settled in a rented artist loft. What was supposed to be a one-year stop became a long-term stay as Paul spent the majority of his subsequent career working in the Big Apple.

Paul Pagk paintings Anaphora, 2017 and Embodiment, 2016
Paul Pagk – Anaphora, 2017, Oil on linen, 76 x 74 in, 193 x 188 cm (Left) / Embodiment, 2016, Oil on linen, 76 x 74 in, 193 x 188 cm (Right)

The Abstract Work of Paul Pagk

In The Pleasure Principle, Franklin Sirmans wrote the following concerning Paul’s art:

The English painter Paul Pagk courageously paints beautiful geometric abstractions at the end of the millennium in spite of the current fascination with global works of representation.

And indeed, Pagk’s work does appear as if it was made during the latter half of the last century. His gradually built-up surfaces reemphasize the quality of the paint itself, extending upon it the main role within the artwork’s hierarchy. Franklin Sirmans also noted that Paul’s works take the audience on an art historical ride from Russian Constructivists like Kazimir Malevich, to the deductive abstractions of Ad Reinhardt and Barnett Newman in the 1950s, to the conceptually-influenced monochromes of Robert Ryman. Yet, Pagk’s style is surprisingly capable of avoiding any burdensome odes to modernist or postmodernist longing.

To Pagk, the ritual of painting is a crucial aspect of the completed work. He often works on a single painting for more than three months, so he obviously spends a lot of time getting the absolute most out of every composition. More than several awards are a testament to such quality work – Paul is the proud receiver of Prix Fénéon (1987), Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (1998), Sheldon Bergh Prize (2000), Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant (2012), Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2012), and Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant (2014).

Paul Pagk gallery painitngs Strait No Chaser 2015 - 2017 and Two Circles 2015
Paul Pagk – Strait No Chaser, 2015 – 2017, Oil on linen, 65 x 74 in, 165 x 188 cm (Left) / Two Circles, 2015, Oil on linen, 65 x 74 in, 165 x 188 cm (Right)

Relavent Both in the US and Overseas

At their core, Paul Pagk’s paintings focus on both the connotation of doubt, as well as strength. With such a center of focus, it’s hardly surprising that his work was regularly exhibited both in the United States and in Europe. Such an international status is probably the most interesting thing about Paul’s oeuvre – although he is considered to be a quintessential New York painter, his work still continues a strong European resonance.

Paul Pagk lives and works in New York City, US.

Featured image: Paul Pagk – installation view
All images © Paul Pagk

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2018Paul Pagk: Entrepot9Galerie Barnoud, Dijon, FranceSolo
2018The Idiosyncratic Pencil ExhibitionHarper Center for the Arts, USAGroup
2018Courant a contre-courantCollection Quasar, SC, FranceGroup
2017Lunchbox Fund BenefitNYC, PeyrehoradeGroup
2017EXIL, Paul Pagk, Carlos Kusnir, Hyun Soo Choi, Damien Cabanes, Siobhan LiddellGalerie Eric Dupont, USA, FranceGroup
2017Goerk, Grytting, Pagk, WelishART 3 Silas Von Morisse Gallery, Paris, USAGroup
2017Summer installation of works by gallery artists Eileen Quinlan, Paul Pagk, Pieter Schoolwerth, Blake Rayne, Rochelle GoldbergMiguel Abreu Gallery, Brooklyn, USAGroup
2017Social Photography VCarriage Trade, NYC, USAGroup
2016Paul PagkGalerie Eric Dupont, Paris FranceSolo
2016Visages de la ligneFrac Picardie, NYCGroup
2016Sequence 6 one work one week Rochelle Goldberg, Paul Pagk, Aaron Flint Jamison, Pieter SchoolwerthMiguel Abreu Gallery, Amiens France, USAGroup
2016PPP Painters Painting on PaperSchema Projects, Brooklyn, NYCGroup
2016Mamie Holst and Paul Pagkpresented by Jane Kim 33 Orchard, USA, USAGroup
20165x5Edward Thorp Gallery, NYC, USAGroup
2016Osamu Kobayashi and Paul PagkMindy Solomon Gallery, NYC, Florida, USAGroup
2015The 40th Anniversary ExhibitionHal Bromm Gallery, Miami, USAGroup
2015The Abstract BodyThe Sharon Arts Centre, NYC, NH, USAGroup
2015ON PAPER Mamie Holst and Paul Pagk33 Orchard, Peterborough, USAGroup
2014Oeuvres recentesGalerie Eric Dupont, Paris FranceSolo
2014Material WayShirley Fitterman Art Gallery BMCC, NYC, USAGroup
2014(S)ITATIONS La beaute devient avant-garde une passion priveeMusee de Sarrebiurg, NYC, FranceGroup
2014Summer ShowFocus on Painting, Sarrebourg, ItalyGroup
2014Pipe Dreams, Wishful Thinking, Grand Gestures & Dirty LiesACE Project Space, NYC, USAGroup
2014Brooklyn BridgeGeorge Lawson Gallery, USA, USAGroup
201318 Drawings and 1 PaintingStudio 10, Paris FranceSolo
2013Social Photography IIICarriage Trade, SF, USAGroup
2013Come Together, Surviving Sandy, Year 1Dedalus foundation, NYC, USAGroup
2013la main invente le dessincentre culturel de rencontre, Brooklyn, FranceGroup
2013Four TetJiM Comtempori, abbaye de saint-riquier, SpainGroup
2013Emergence, A Proposition by Katrin Bremermann, Erin Lawlor & Yifat Gat. Hôtel de Sauroy, Barcelona, FranceGroup
2013WitParis, New York, USAGroup
2012Around the corner, Four Painters Living in Tribec, Hermine Ford, Joanne Greenbaum, Paul Pagk, Gary Stephanorganized by Lucien Terras, Painting Center, USAGroup
2012Line and PlaneMcKenzie Fine Art, New York, USAGroup
2012Surface AffectMiguel Abreu Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2012WaversBrooklyn, New York,Group
2011Mesquite drawingsSome Walls, Brooklyn, New York, USASolo
2011Social Photography IICarriage Trade, USA, USAGroup
2011A Romance of many DimensionsBrooklynArtistGym, NYC, USAGroup
2011A ReviewEdward Thorp Gallery, Brooklyn, USAGroup
2011A few of my favorite thingsThe End, New York, USAGroup
201170 Years of Abstract PaintingExcerpts, Brooklyn, USAGroup
2011Paper A-ZSue Scott Gallery, Jason McCoy inc. New York, USAGroup
2011Geometric Days, Jeanette Ingberman, and Herb TamExit Art, New York, USA, New York, USAGroup
2010Recent paintings, My red maybe your orange, evenGalerie Eric Dupont, Oakland, CA, USASolo
2010Children of the Revolution Cosmic Sex Poem ExhibitionParis, FranceSolo
2010Social Photography ICarriage Trade, New York, USAGroup
2010Painting and SculptureFoundation for Contemporary Art Benefit, NYC, New York, USAGroup
2010Informal Relations curated by Scott GrowIndianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Lehmann Maupin, USAGroup
2010Geometric ProgressionsEdward Thorp Gallery, Indianapolis, USAGroup
2010Lush LifeScaramouche, New York, USAGroup
2009A fleur de peau II, Le dessin a l’epreuveGalerie Eric Dupont, New York, FranceGroup
2008Home is where the heart isBaukunst Galerie, New York, USASolo
2008PresentHP Garcia Gallery, Paris, USAGroup
2008Group ShowGalerie Eric Dupont, New York, FranceGroup
2008Untitled (On Paper)Moti Hasson Gallery, Paris, USAGroup
2007Recent PaintingsGallery Eric Dupont, Köln, GermanySolo
2007To K from P with loveMarkus Winter, Paris, FranceSolo
2007Aftermath & lexiconMoti Hasson Gallery, Berlin, GermanySolo
2007Inside the PaleThrust Projects, New York, USAGroup
2007Orthodoxe, Heterodoxe, choisir sa ligne, Le 10neufC.R.A.C. Monbeliard, New York,Group
2007Beyond the PaleMoti Hasson Gallery, France, USAGroup
2006Trait ligne, ecrire l’espaceF.R.A.C Beauvais, New York,Group
2006Twist it TwiceMoti Hasson Gallery, France, USAGroup
2006Hands up, Hand downMiguel Abreu Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2006A fleur de peauGalerie Eric Dupont, New York, FranceGroup
2005Paul PagkOpen Project Space, New York, New York, USASolo
2005Paul PagkGalerie Eric Dupont, Paris, USASolo
2005Excès de traitsFrac Picardie, Paris, FranceGroup
2003Paul PagkBatlle Pagk (two person show), Thomas Erben Gallery, FranceSolo
2003Le Cabinet 2FRAC Picardie, Amiens, FranceGroup
2003Le Cabinet 1FRAC Picardie, Amiens, FranceGroup
2002Paul PagkGalerie Eric Dupont, Paris, New York, USASolo
2002ZenroxyVon Lintel Gallery, Amiens, USAGroup
2001UnknownGalerie Martagon, New York, FranceGroup
2001Recent acquisitionsFRAC Picardie, Malacène, FranceGroup
2000Paul PagkGalerie Eric Dupont, Paris, FranceSolo
2000Paul PagkGaleries des etudes, ENAD Limoges-Aubusson, FranceSolo
2000Geoffrey Young GalleryGreat Barrington, Amiens, USAGroup
1999Paul PagkMACC, Fresnes, FranceSolo
1999Paul PagkLe 10neuf, C.R.A.C. Montbeliard, FranceSolo
1998Paul PagkGalerie Eric Dupont, Paris, FranceSolo
1998Paul PagkCRG Gallery, New York, FranceSolo
1998C.R.A.C.Montbeliard, Massachusetts,Group
1997New York DrawsGas-Works, France,Group
1997Current under currentBrooklyn Museum, London and then Corner House Manchester, UK, USAGroup
1996DrawingsAC Project Room, New York, USAGroup
1996Works on PaperAlona Kagan & Jose Martos, New York, USAGroup
1996Other RoomsRonald Feldman Gallery, New York, USAGroup
1995Paul PagkCRG Gallery, New York, USASolo
1995Metamorphose Part IIGuillaume Gallozzi, New York, USAGroup
1995Summer ExhibitionCRG Gallery, New York, USAGroup
1994Paul PagkGalerie Eric Dupont, Toulouse, USASolo
1994Logo Non LogoThread Waxing Space, New York, USAGroup
1994UnknownCentre Lotois D'Art Contemporain, New York and then to University of South Florida, FranceGroup
1994Written-Spoken-Drawn in Lacanian InkThread Waxing Space, Figeac, USAGroup
1994DrawingsGalerie Regards, New York, FranceGroup
1993Paul PagkThread Waxing Space, New York, FranceSolo
1993InterieursMusee Goya, Paris, FranceGroup
1992Paul PagkGalerie Eric Dupont, Toulouse, USASolo
1991Paul PagkThread Waxing Space, New York, FranceSolo
1990Abstract PaintingNahan Contemporary, Castres, USAGroup
1990Three Painters470 Broome Street, New York, USAGroup
1988UnknownGalerie Jacques Girard, New York, FranceGroup
1988UnknownPark Floral de Paris, Toulouse, FranceGroup
1987Paul PagkGalerie Jean Fournier, Paris, USASolo
1987Carte Blanche a Yves MichaudCREDAC, Paris, FranceGroup
1987UnknownCentre Culturel de Bretigny, Ivry, FranceGroup
1986Paul PagkGalerie Simone L'Hermitte, Rouen, FranceSolo
1986L'EpureGalerie Beau Lezard, Bretigny-sur-Orge, FranceGroup
1984Paul PagkJean-Marie Monthiers, Paris, FranceSolo
1984Paul PagkA.P.A.C. Montpelier, France, FranceSolo
1984Journees Jeunes CreateursEspace Kiron, Paris, FranceGroup
1984Sur InvitationMusee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, FranceGroup
1984UnknownGalerie Jean Fournier, Paris, FranceGroup
1983Unknown55 Panoyaux, Paris, FranceGroup