Entry Gallery

Paul Waid

October 28, 2022 – January 1, 2023

“Using color, light, and shapes in organic compositions, I try to give my paintings a visual impact that shows some of the beauty and connections I see in the world around me.”

Paul Waid is an abstract painter that takes elements of organic abstraction and pushes them deep into the tenets of modernist painting and the visionary landscape; the images that quietly surface in his studio pulse softly with indeterminate structures of light and time. His current body of work, a series of crepuscular spaces charged with moody color schemes and toned by a foggy autumn light, portrays a world perpetually in the gloaming. With the process of painting his primary focus, Waid is a painter’s painter. Trusting the act of painting, he lets imagery grow and spread like vines, trees, and flowers. The canvas is first touched by a brush or knife loaded with paint. Lines and marks are wiped – erasing edges and obscuring form. The surface is built-up, wiped, and scraped; over and over until it ‘feels right.’ Microcosmic and macrocosmic phenomena flip-flop back and forth, blurring notions of scale and perspective. Compositional elements are discovered and arranged as the canvas is worked, incised, rubbed, burnished, and polished to its finished luster. Waid’s paintings are symbolic of the patterns of life: the way a seedling breaks the earth, growing upward, leafing, flowering, wilting, and withering down; the way light arrives in vibrant bursts, fractures into glowing embers, then finally fades into minute particles defined by specks of glinting dust. These are the moments Waid pulls from his mind’s eye.

Paul Waid holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arizona. He operates a studio in Tucson on west side of the Santa Cruz River. Waid has contributed work to the Tohono Chul exhibitions: Family Ties (2011); Pollen Path (2019); On the Desert: The Discovery and Invention of Color (2020); Encompassing Arizona (2020-21); The Elements: EARTH (2021); 10 x 10 (2022), The Elements: AIR (2022); and The Elements: WATER (2022). PAUL WAID is the first exhibition of the 2022-2023 ENTRY GALLERY PROJECT SPACE, an exhibition series that offers Arizona artists an intimate space for cohesive projects.

Image | Paul Waid | Blue Green | oil on canvas


Arch

oil on canvas

8″h x 10″w

$600

Bird Song

oil on canvas

48″h x 60″ w

$8750

Blue Green

oil on canvas

60″h x 50″ w

$9000

Desert Rise

oil on canvas

30″h x 24″w

$1300

Ember

oil on canvas

16″h x 20″ w

$1000

Green Pond

oil on canvas board

6″h x 8″ w

SOLD

Lavender Way

oil on canvas board

12″h x 9″ w

SOLD

Lotus

oil on canvas

16″h x 12″ w

$800

Mountain Sky

oil on canvas board

8″h x 6″ w

SOLD

Plateau

oil on canvas

24″h x 30″ w

$2200

Small Birds

oil on canvas

9″h x 6″ w

$500

Tree Light

oil on canvas

40″h x 30″ w

$3500

Untitled 1

oil on canvas

16″h x 20″ w

$1000


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