Study of a clown, 1970’s
Waves of Joy, 2002
First New York Exhibition, 2004
Cradle of Humankind mural, 2005
Planetpaul Studios, Cape Town
Fighting with my left hand show, 2006
2006 Paul exhibits the series of paper pulp paintings at the Erdmann Contemporary in Cape Town. He presents new works including monumental sculptural pieces at a solo exhibition in Johannesburg. These sculptures represent the culmination and expression of drawing, painting and sculptural techniques that he has developed over many years. His ten years as a professional artist are showcased in a 160-page book, and in a DVD. The exhibition also features a short animation film in collaboration with Josie Borain and Iain Anderson. In October, Paul returns to the Dieu Donné Papermill in New York, to explore the next generation of paper works. Paul exhibits various works in a group exhibition with Marlene Dumas, William Kentridge, Takashi Murakami and Damien Hirst at 34LONG Fine Art in Cape Town in December.
Popular Revolt, 2007Thrill, 2007
2007 Early in the year, Paul visits China for the first time. He goes to Shanghai and Beijing, where he meets curator Zhaohui Zhang. While in Beijing, he watches people doing water calligraphy and becomes fascinated with ancient Chinese writing systems. In particular, he studies the compositional effect of brush-strokes that make up the characters of Chinese writing, which the black lines in his own works echo and reflect. His reading and research into Chinese writing confirms and strengthens his sense that human communication is underpinned by a universal non-verbal language made up of symbols and signs. He also visits Hong Kong, where he has a solo exhibition at the exclusive Kee Club. Paul exhibits several large sculptures in Sculpture by the Sea, a group exhibition held at Bondi Beach,Sydney, and Cottesloe Beach in Perth. Back in New York, he participates in ‘Per square foot’, a group exhibition held at Dieu Donné Papermill, NYC. He has solo exhibitions at 34LONG Fine Art, Cape Town and in the Wynwood Art District in Miami. He rounds off the year with an exhibition of works at the Art Now Fair, Kyle Kauffman Gallery NY, held in Miami Beach.
Unique Bronze Cast, Nelson Mandela, 2008
2008 This is a watershed year for Paul. He produces a one-off unique bronze cast of former President Nelson Mandela's hand for a fundraising event for Mr Mandela's Children's Fund held in London. The work is auctioned for $3.5m. Some of his works on paper, created at the Dieu Donné Papermill, NYC, go on group exhibition for Dieu Donné's annual benefit auction. Paul also participates in two group exhibitions, ‘Face 08’ and ‘Lustre, dots and more’, at 34LONG Fine Art in Cape Town. In New York City some of his works are shown in a group exhibition entitled ‘Regeneration’ at the Kyle Kauffman Gallery. Paul’s solo exhibition, ‘Generative Markings’ shows at the Kyle Kauffman Gallery in New York City, NY, in October/November. Some works are also shown at the Open Art Fair in Utrecht. Towards the end of the year Paul has a solo exhibition, ‘Some Strange Alphabet’, at Graham’s Contemporary Fine Art Gallery in Johannesburg.
2009 Paul begins work on a series of life-sized sculptures in aluminium, aptly named ‘Hominid Gang’, later exhibited as part of a solo exhibition at the Barnard Gallery in Cape Town. Paul also takes part in 3 group exhibitions at 34LONG Fine Art. Paul has a solo exhibition, ‘Prehistoric idols’ at 34LONG Fine Art, Cape Town, and recent works are shown by Rose Korber Art in Cape Town. At the Two Person exhibition in Amsterdam Paul is again invited by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to participate in its fundraising project. Paul goes to Johannesburg to take an impression of Madiba’s hand. He produces a matt sandstone and resin cast of Madiba’s hand, which is auctioned at a gala fundraising event in New York City.
Hominid Gang, Sand Cast Aluminium, 2010
2010 Needing more space to work on larger canvasses, Paul rents a large loft space on the top floor of an old biscuit factory, in Woodstock, Cape Town, where he holds a successful solo exhibition ‘Key elements’ at the Barnard Gallery, including the Hominid Gang sculptures. Paul goes on a private writing retreat, where he uses the time to reflect, record and recharge. In October he opens the Woodstock studio to show his newer, larger works, in what turns out to be a successful exhibition titled 'Transformative Movements'. Paul is invited to collaborate with Archbishop Desmond Tutu to make a one-off, unique handmade book, to be auctioned in New York in 2012 for the Lunchbox Fund. The work will be done during 2011. Soon after, Paul is about to leave for a trip to the US, when he is diagnosed with a melanoma. The trip is delayed until 2011 as Paul undergoes treatment.
Tag Heuer Project, 2011 Public Sculpture, Cape Town, 2011
2011 While still recovering from treatment, Paul creates an installation ‘That’s me on the corner’ on a major building at an intersection in Cape Town’s city centre. While in New York, Paul rents a studio space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. [In May, Paul is back again to turn the studio space into a place where he can work.] Paul takes part in an exhibition in Franschhoek, near Cape Town, entitled ‘Future Primeval’. Back in Cape Town, Paul does a live painting ‘The art of rock’ during a fundraising event for the Zip Zap Circus in Cape Town.
In October, Paul returns to New York to work in his new studio. He also spends a week at the Pace Paper Studio in Brooklyn where he makes a set of 13 original lino and woodcut prints to accompany and illustrate Desmond Tutu’s handwritten quotations for a one-off handmade book. The book will be auctioned in favour of the Lunchbox Fund in 2012. In December, Paul opens his Hout Bay studio for several successful open studio days. He gives the first of a series of art talks at ‘Art in the Forest’, in Constantia, Cape Town, on the theme ‘My journey as an artist’.
Paul & Michael Stipe, 2012Paul, Desmond Tutu Handmade book, 2012
2012 Paul begins the year with a much-needed and long-planned family trip to Paris. The holiday provides a shot of energy, after the difficulties of 2011. Since early in Paul’s career, Jean Dubuffet has been an icon for Paul, and he visits the Dubuffet Foundation. Paul spends March in New York and visits the exhibition of handmade books created by Pace Prints and people such as Sir Ben Kingsley, Chuck Close, Deepak Chopra, Hugh Masekela, rock photographer Bob Gruen with Yoko Ono, Michael Stipe, Phillip Glass and Salman Rushdie (with illustrations by Francisco Clemente). The book of quotations by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and lino and woodcut prints by Paul is auctioned for $11,000. The books are auctioned at the Lunchbox Fund Bookfair Auction.
Paul is signed up at the Gallery Momo in Parktown, Johannesburg. In August, Gallery Momo will hold a solo exhibition of Paul’s paintings. Paul holds an Open Studio show in his New York studio at the end of May/ beginning of June. A selection of new and existing sculptures, entitled ‘A slice in time’ will go on show at the Nirox Sculpture Garden at the Cradle of Humankind, in Gauteng, South Africa.
In August, Gallery MOMO holds the solo exhibition 'A slice in time' of Paul's paintings. A parallel exhibition of new and existing sculptures opens at the NIROX Sculpture Park in the Cradle of Humankind, in South Africa. During September, Paul creates 3 paintings, painting live once again to fundraise for the Zip Zap Circus School in Cape Town. Late 2012 Paul receives the devastating news that his melanoma has metastasised. After unsuccessfully trying everything to be treated locally, Paul leaves to receive treatment in New York by one of the top melanoma specialists globally. Unfortunately, after trying each and every possible route, the prescribed treatment is too expensive.
2013 Before returning to Cape Town, Paul spends a day in the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Studio, New York. He prints his first and only woodcut print edition, working with Steve Orlando, a master printer he worked with before at Dieu Donné Papermill in 2005 and 2006. This work is titled 'New York moment'. Paul returns to Cape Town, spends a few weeks creating artworks for his upcoming solo exhibition. Early March, he leaves for Tijuana, Mexico. Here he undergoes the Gerson treatment for his cancer. The family joins him in California after treatment, spending time travelling from LA to San Francisco. Paul returns to Cape Town, where a few days later his solo exhibition 'Vertex of Reality' opens at 34 Fine Art, Cape Town. Paul is invited to create a small work for the Benetton Collection.
Departures Magazine, New York, commissions Paul to create a map of Africa in his style for their Africa edition. Paul manages to create a number of wooden sculptures, forming part of his Twinz Series. The year is spent fighting cancer.
2014 On 9 January Paul loses his fight against cancer.
Rock Girl bench, 2012
NIROX Sculpture Park, 2012
Paul & Steve, 2013
Exhibition poster, 2013
Map, Departures Magazine, 2013
Paul in his NYC studio, 2011
Paul with Ruth Lingen, NYC, 2011
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