Thomas Paul Fine Art at Houston Fine Art Fair

Thomas Paul with Cheech Marin

Thomas Paul Fine Art is pleased to announce that we will be showing at this year’s Houston Fine Art Fair, September 14th-16th, with esteemed Chicano art patron and Hollywood legend Cheech Marin. This is our third fair this summer with Cheech’s presence and Art of the New America as a division of TPFA.

Cheech is the largest collector of Chicano art, and has been the most generous patron of the movement as a whole. The artwork presented by Thomas Paul Fine Art and the Art of the New America at the Houston Fine Art Fair will feature some of the finest work by the next generation of Chicano artists. These works push past what we comprehend to be Chicano art, and offer entirely new perspectives that capture the experience of living in between cultures.

To register for a complimentary one-day pass to the 2012 Houston Fine Art Fair, please follow this link: thomaspaulgallery.eventbrite.com




John Baeder Show Opening November 10th, 2012

Baeder, born in South Bend, Ind., 1938, studied at Auburn University in Alabama. His subjects have been almost exclusively isolated roadside diners and eateries. That an artist can concentrate so masterfully on one theme enticed Abrahms to publish “Diners by John Baeder” in 1978.

John Baeder’s calculated and nostalgic renderings of “classic Americana” theme diners have brought him great appeal and success. As Gerrit Henry commented in “Super Realism: A Critical Anthology” (Dutton 1975); in “In Photo-Realism, reality is made to look so overpoweringly real as to make it pure illusion: through the basically magical means of point-for-point precisionist rendering the actual is portrayed as being so real that it doesn’t exist. What does exist off the canvas is the mind, which conceived of the idea of the painting of a photograph of reality, in all its intrinsic implausibility. Whereas classical painters through the ages have idealized reality itself, the “classical” New Realists have totally devalued reality in order vastly to overvalue (in other words, completely abstract) the human brain. Photo-Realismm is basically not realism at all. More correctly, it is the plastic offshoot of today’s conceptual arts.”

Groundbreaking Judy Dater exhibition, “Memoir” opening September 29th, 2012

On September 26th 2012, Thomas Paul Fine Art will debut Memoir, a compilation of thirty-six large digital prints by renowned feminist-photographer Judy Dater. Memoir is an exhibition several decades in the making, with work that explores Dater’s own experiences in love from adolescence to adulthood; there’s absolutely nothing held back, and every thrilling high and mortifying low is addressed. The prints in question are presented as a pseudo-scrapbook, incorporating words from her diaries which both summarize and amplify her work over four full decades.

For Memoir, Dater revisited her journals, re-reading pages of loves gained and lost, dreams, different experiences; essentially rediscovering herself after a period of six decades. This rediscovery compelled a more autobiographical shift in Dater’s work, and as Dater herself described the process, was both “amusing and embarrassing.” In these “scrapbook” pages, which truly document a life well-lived, she sometimes refers to older pictures, but just as often she creates new photographs to highlight her private stories that reach far beyond purely personal.

Dater’s emergence as a photographer coincided with the blossoming of the Feminist Movement of the late 1960’s. She focused her large format camera- using the photographic techniques of Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and Imogen Cunningham – on women. Photographing her subjects clothed and naked, Dater’s portraits from the 1970’s were personal, provocative, and often times humorous. Later, her portraits of naked men were both bold and intimate, reversing the usual gender-defined role of male photographer and female model, while presenting the masculine form in a vulnerable way. Still, from her earliest days as a photographer Dater turned the camera on herself: her first breakthrough was a series of nude self-portraits against desolate American landscapes, exploring the sublime power of nature, and later, a series of portraits as different alter egos of hers that satirized the prevalent female stereotypes of her time.

While it may be easy to pigeonhole the artist’s work as strictly-feminist, Memoir has an appeal that transcends gender, age, and race. The experiences she presents are universal and spread across an entire lifetime. Teens, twenty-somethings, and beyond can all relate to the emotions that Dater captures, and will, perhaps most importantly, discover more about themselves upon viewing.

Mention in artdaily.org re: the Harrison Storms show now

Thomas Paul Fine Art presents Johns Canyon, an exhibition of works by the artist, Harrison Storms. Storms’ recent collection encompasses monolithic panels, wherein the artist draws upon the figure of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man and other historical images of the human form, which he then repeatedly erases and reforms. The massive images are constructed with gesso, limestone sand, ink, and acrylic paint, only to have their layers ground, scraped, and rubbed away with brushes, rags, and pneumatic grinders. This ritual of creation and destruction of the human form serves as an analogue for the viewer’s place in the universe, thus eliciting inquiry into the barrier of internal and external experience. In manipulating the human form, Storms creates an image that is both personal and timeless, simultaneously echoing existential meditation and historical imagery.  Read more