Paul Wackers makes works based on the familiar, which in the bustling city can often be hard to find--and sheds new light on everyday objects. Born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1978, Wackers graduated with his MFA from San Francisco Art Institute, and with his BFA from Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC.

Artist notes on his piece at The James New York: "I wanted to work with the shape of the wall to create a narrative within the piece itself—the same way I would over many pieces within a solo show of my paintings. I was able to create a story with this piece by using compositional elements and recurring motifs: a cabinet with familiar but intangible objects, plants, pots and vaguely historical imagery. It incorporates many of the objects and shapes which I see as characters that can interact in different ways through use of color, line and juxtaposition. This installation depicts the version of a passage of time. The first object has a sense of potential energy and growth. As you make your way through the mural, you see a human manipulation of this energy in conflict and in conjunction with the natural, and end with the hopeful balance of the two."


[MORE]Some of Wackers’ solo exhibitions include Morgan Lehman Gallery (New York, NY), Narwhal Projects (Toronto, ON), Alice Gallery (Brussels, Belgium), and Eleanor Harwood Gallery (San Francisco, CA). Wackers has also been in several group and two person shows, including New Image Art (Los Angeles, CA), Halsey McKay (East Hampton, NY), Frosch and Portmann (New York, NY), and Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, CA). His work is in many prominent private and public collections, including Chevron Corporation and Fidelity Investments.


Slow Dance and the Daylight, 2014
oil based enamel paint on concrete