Paul Lorenz Bio/CV

(Born 1961)

With an education in Bauhaus architecture and fine art, Paul Lorenz has carved an intriguing niche in the international art world: bridging the principals and immediacy of painting, drawing and sound with the logic and detail of architecture. All three media are a balance of physical structure (wood, canvas, paper); visual structure (brush strokes, scrapes, tears, lines); and color, whether overt or atmospheric, allowing the process to be the final subject.

Graphite drawings are an important section of Paul’s work. Based upon drafting exercises from his years studying architecture, his drawings depict abstraction in its purest form, geometry. Though minimal in logic, the drawings contain richness in developed space and positive/negative relationships.

The idea behind the graphite drawings is now being developed to encompass sound and composition…audible poetry. Each sound piece starts with a conceptual idea of how math and emotion can combine. The drawing dictates the direction and time, but the composer ultimately dictates the order, the complexity and the flow. Each piece has a distinct structure that every musician is given the freedom to explore within.

Paul was born in Chicago and has lived and worked in Chicago; Berkeley, California and since 2003, Paducah, Kentucky. After graduating from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, he went on to study oil painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the International School of Art in Italy (under Nicolas Carone and Irving Petlin) and the University of California, Berkeley.

Paul exhibits with numerous galleries in the USA and Europe. As a member of Pintura Fresca, an international group of abstract artists, he has exhibited worldwide, with past exhibitions in Australia, Singapore, Austria, England and Sweden. Paul had his first solo exhibition in Europe in 2009 at Galerie Daniel Vignal in Toulouse, France. Paul was the only US resident to participate in the historic Realites Nouvelles exhibition in Paris in 2012 and 2013.

Abstraction is not a style, but a state of mind…a way of thinking about action, time and circumstance, confidence and risk-taking, boldness and subtlety.

EDUCATION

1998: Extension Program, Painting, University of California, Berkeley, California
1990: Studio Program, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1988: Bachelor of Architecture degree, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois
1984: Studio Program, International School of Art, Montecastello di Vibio, Italy

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015 
Untitled, Gallery IMA, Seattle, Washington

2012 
Line and Shadow, Gallery IMA, Seattle, Washington
Architecture and Moment, Center on Halsted, Chicago, Illinois
Color and Momentum, Homey Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2011 
In One Day, Corrtona Gallery, Ashford University, Clinton, Iowa

2010
After France, Homey, Chicago, Illinois

2009 
Oil and Water, Gallery IMA, Seattle, Washington
New Work, Galerie Daniel Vignal, Toulouse, France
New Work, Galerie Daniel Vignal, Toulouse, France   

2008 
New Work, Greene Contemporary, Sarasota, Florida
Paper, Canvas and Panel, Homey, Chicago, Illinois    

2007
New Work,  Greene Contemporary, Sarasota, Florida
Paper, Canvas and Panel, Homey, Chicago, Illinois   

2006 
New Work on Canvas, Greene Contemporary, Sarasota, Florida
Marks and Gestures, Hang, San Francisco, California   

2005 
New Work on Paper, Shidoni Gallery, Tesuque, New Mexico   

2004 
New Work on Paper,  Shidoni Gallery, Tesuque, New Mexico   

2003 
Running and Standing Still,  Maturango Museum, Ridgecrest, California
On the Horizon, Hang, Palo Alto, California   

2002
 New Work, Hang, San Francisco, California

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015 
Organic Beginnings, Soltesz Fine Art, Portland, OR

2014 
Outside the Lines, LuminArte Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Pintura Fresca, Eco-Domaine de l-Etrille, Bruz, France
Present Art, Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, California   

2013 
Aligned, DM Contemporary, New York City, New York
New Works, LuminArte Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Palm Springs Modernism: Contemporary Work, Stephen Archdeacon Gallery, Palm Springs, California
World Wide West, the Hofburg Palace, Innsbruck, Austria
The Summer Show, DM Contemporary, New York City, New York
Realites Nouvelles, Paris, France   

2012 
Pintura Fresca, MOP, Sydney, Australia
Unfolding Evolutions,  Linea,  Florence, Italy
KY7 Biennial,  Lexington Art League, Lexington, Kentucky
The Summer Show,  DM Contemporary, New York City, New York
Realites Nouvelles,  Paris, France   

2011 
Pintura Fresca, Edsvik Konsthall, Sollentuna, Sweden (Stockholm)
The Summer Show,  DM Contemporary, New York City, New York
Faces of Abstraction,  Pyro Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky
It’s a Fine Line/Obsession and Will,  DM Contemporary,  New York City, New York   

2010 
N8:CHICAGo. Phantom Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
KY7 Biennial, Lexington Art League, Lexington, Kentucky
Pintura Fresca, Nothburga Gallery, Innsbruck, Austria
Art & Integration, Studio Artemisia, Palazzo della Podesta. Pescia, Italy   

2009 
Pinture Fresca, Holtzman Gallery, Towson University, Towson, Maryland
Pintura Fresca, Knauer Gallery, West Chester University, West Chester, Pennsylvania
Artists for Peace Art Action Project, Istanbul Dolmabahce Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey   

2008 
Pintura Fresca, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, California
Painterly Paintings: The Next Level, Art Museum of Los Gatos, Los Gatos, California
Draw me a River, Greene Contemporary, New York City, New York   

2007 
Pintura Fresca, Gallery 425, Slough, United Kingdom (London)
Pintura Fresca, artyfakt, Singapore   

2006 
Talent 2006,  Allan Stone Gallery, New York City, New York

2005
Talent 2005,  Allan Stone Gallery, New York City, New York
Water Tower Annual,  Louisville Visual Art Association,  Louisville, Kentucky
Kentucky National Biennial,  Murray State University,  Murray, Kentucky   

2004 
Water Tower Annual,  Louisville Visual Art Association,  Louisville, Kentucky
ArtExpo.Mexico.04,  Galeana 70, Centro,  Morelia, Mexico  

2002 
Triennale International d’Art Contemporain,  La Grande Arche,  Paris, France   

2001 
Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte Contemporanea, Fortezza da Basso, Florence, Italy

AWARDS

2009: Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy, Citta de Firenze Medal
2005: Kentucky National Biennial,  Third Place Winner
2001: Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy,  Fifth Place Medal, Paintin

PUBLICATIONS & REVIEWS

2014 
Patron Magazine, February/March issue, 'Noted Galleries: LuminArte Gallery   

2011 
Kentucky National 2011, a national exhibition of contemporary art
House Beautiful, July/August: One-Bedroom Apartment, page 85   

2009 
Art for Peace, catalog of exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey   

2008 
Core Economics by Gerald W. Stone, cover art   

2007 
SRQ, November:  ‘Ghost World: Absence and Shadow’
Chicago Home + Garden, September/October:  ‘Picture This’
WOW, volume 11:  ‘Paul Lorenz’   

2006 
Arts Across Kentucky, Summer 2006:  ‘Surpassing Expectations’
2003 Art of Northern California,  Alcove Books,  Berkeley, California

RESIDENCIES/SYMPOSIA

2014 
Shangyuan Art Museum, artist in residence, Beijing, China   

2013 
Rhythm Analysis, artist in residence, sy.zy.gy, London, UK   

2009 
Air Le Parc, artist in residence, Pampelonne, France   

2008 
Association des Beaux Arts, Monastir, Tunisia  

1999 
Santa Fe Institute, with Donald Sultan, Santa Fe, New Mexico     

PERFORMANCES   

2013 
Hackney WickED Art Festival, London, UK
Heygate Estate Improvisation Concert, London, UK