Paul Germain

ARTIST INFORMATION

Paul GermainIn my work I attempt to investigate our connections to the natural world using gestural, multi-directional brush strokes, mark-making and surface texture. The implication is one of transparency, depth, physicality and interchange. This view of nature is simultaneously micro and macro – are we viewing our universe through a microscope or a telescope?

My current series of paintings, Chaos Theory and Fuzzy Logic, refer to the apparent disorder within order found throughout nature, even built into certain computer programs to replicate this randomness. I find some degree of delight in the fact we are not in total control and must ultimately yield to forces beyond our governing.

These paintings are equal parts science and music. Minimalist composers have been my constant companions in the studio. The paradox of their limited palette and manic underlayment of rhythms influence my work to a great degree.

Ultimately, the affinity I feel for these disciplines is not due to any ability to fully understand them. It is their inherent magic that intrigues me. For me, it is the very same magic that I find in painting.

MATERIALS
Oil on heavyweight mould-made paper, 30″x23″ and 41″x30″. Mounted to hang in relief from the wall.

AWARDS

  • 1998 – First Place, Painting, Baptist Hospital Artists’ Showcase, Miami, FL.
  • 1997 – Award of Excellence, Beaux Arts Festival, Univ. Miami.
  • 1996 – Merit Award, Mt. Dora Arts Festival, Mt. Dora, FL.
  • 1995 – Best of Show, 21st Annual Outdoor Arts Fest., Longwood College.
  • 1994 – First Place, Painting, Va. Fall Foliage Fest., Waynesboro, VA.
  • 1994 – First Place, Painting, No. Va. Fine Arts Festival, Reston, VA.
  • 1993 – Best of Show, Arts on the Lawn at Bellgrade, Midlothian, VA.
  • 1993 – Best of Show, No. Va. Fine Arts Festival, Reston, VA.
  • 1993 – Award of Distinction, Mid-Atlantic Juried Art Exhibition, d’Art Center, Norfolk, VA.
  • 1992 – Award of Distinction, Juried Art Show, Chas. Taylor Arts Center, Hampton, VA.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • 1998 – Order/Disorder, duJour, Richmond, VA.
  • 1997 – Chaos and Other Theories, University of Virginia , Charlottesville, VA.
  • 1997 – Chaos and Other Theories, Somerhill Gallery, Chapel Hill, N C.
  • 1996 – The Search for Mankind’s Origins, Mabey Gallery, Richmond, VA.
  • 1995 – The Search for Mankind’s Origins, Zeitgeist Gallery, Norfolk, VA.
  • 1995 – Natural Kinships, Gallery 10, Ltd., Washington, D.C.
  • 1994 – Natural Kinships, Mabey Gallery, Richmond, VA.
  • 1991 – Familiar Forms and other enigmas, Md. Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis, MD.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • 1998
    • Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, VA.
    • 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA.
  • 1997
    • Fraser Gallery, Washington, D.C.
    • 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA.
  • 1996
    • The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA.
    • d’Art Center, Norfolk, VA.
  • 1995
    • Elite Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
    • Art Center, Norfolk, VA.
    • Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, VA.
  • 1994
    • Charles H.Taylor Arts Center, Hampton, VA.
    • Old Dominion Univ., Norfolk, VA; Wesley Theological Univ., Washington, D.C.
    • The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA.
    • Art Museum of Western Virginia, Roanoke, VA.
    • Gallery 10, Ltd., Washington, D.C.
    • School of Veterinary Medicine, L S U.
  • 1993
    • d’Art Center, Norfolk, VA.
    • Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA.
    • Pascal Art Gallery, Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD.
  • 1992
    • Marsh Art Gallery, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA.
    • Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD.
    • The Athenaeum, Alexandria, VA.
    • Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, VA..
    • The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA.

SELECTED COLLECTIONS.

  • Bell Atlantic, Hampton & Richmond, VA.
  • Longwood College, Farmville, VA.
  • Central Carolina Bank, Durham, N. C.
  • Chas. Taylor Arts Center, Hampton, VA.
  • Federal Reserve Bank , Richmond,VA.
  • Philip Morris, Richmond, VA.
  • Univ. of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

Midlothian, VA
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