BiographyPaul’s work does not fit tidily into any one box. His drawings, stories, and books have been categorized as art, comics, and poetry. He considers this to be his greatest achievement. To have created a form that falls between genres.
Paul studied at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he entered as a painting major. By his sophomore year, he discovered his true love had always been drawing and writing. At that time, CMU was transitioning from a traditional education to post-modern. In the mornings he studied classical techniques, drawing the figure and still lifes, and in the afternoons had conceptual sculpture classes, where art did not have to be built, but only discussed. Paul first began publishing as an adolescent in his middle-school newspaper. In highschool he edited a collection of student submitted artwork for a book he concepted and proposed to the school, and also saw his own drawings printed in the letters section of MAD Magazine. In college he published in both of Carnegie Mellon’s newspapers, and began producing his own series of zines. In 1993 he was a founding member of Pittsburgh Theater Laboratories, an experimental performance space.
In 2003, the San Francisco Chronicle signed on his series All Over Coffee, and from there, Paul built his career. An adamant proponent of artists owning the rights to their work, he fought to keep all the rights to All Over Coffee. He was never an employee of the paper, but only licensed his work, which gave him the freedom to make editorial and commercial choices that would otherwise have been unavailable.
In December of 2015, Paul ended All Over Coffee to pursue working with words and images. In 2016 he completed Close Enough for the Angels, a five year project that he calls a ‘Contemporary take on the classic illustrated novel.’ A full-length, plot-driven novel with over 100 drawings from Thailand, China, and Japan, which puts forward a new method of pairing images and stories.
To date, Paul’s work has been published internationally in numerous books, journals, and magazines, such as The Believer and ZYZZYVA, and exhibited in galleries and museums, including the San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum and the Oakland Museum of California. He has done a series of large-scale murals for Google, Tacolicious, and Starbucks, is the Comics Editor for TheRumpus.net, has taught drawing at the University of San Francisco, and frequently lectures on creative practice, even when not asked. He holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, and was the first (ever!) Art Intern at MAD Magazine (1993-94), for which he proudly received no money.
Today, L'oeil ouvert is proud to present part of the work of this amazing artist, in company of Eric Rewitzer and Annie Galvin. They all will be present at the exhibition "City of Dreams" from Thursday 6th of October and will be at the gallery to present their work in person.