Paul P. (b. 1977, Canada) first gained attention for his drawings and paintings of young men that systematically re-imagined found erotic photographs along nineteenth century aesthetic modes. In recent years the artist’s interests in transience, desire, cataloging, and notation has expanded to include landscapes and their abstraction, and to sculptural works in the form of furniture. In his paintings and drawings, P. references images from the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives and gay erotic magazines produced around the time of the Stonewall riots until the advent of the AIDS crisis. His works appropriate these images and transform them into portraits that exceed stereotypical depictions of queerness, instead creating nuanced portraits and abstract landscapes that convey gestures of introspection, desire, and mourning. P.’s practice also includes sculptural furniture. His geometric, meticulous pieces explore relations between bodies, folding, framing, and manipulating barriers.

P. was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, New York and the 2018 Front International Cleveland Triennial. He has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions including Queer Thoughts, New York (2019); Lulu, Mexico City, Mexico (2019); Scrap Metal, Toronto (2017); Participant Inc., New York (2017); Griffin Art Projects, Vancouver (2017); Maureen Paley, Hove (2016); Broadway 1602, New York (2014); The Suburban, Oak Park (2013); Freud Museum, London (2011); Institut Valencia d’Art Modern, Valencia (2010); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2009); Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria (2009); and the Power Plant, Toronto (2007), among others. P.’s work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hammer Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Whitney Museum, among others. P. lives and works in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Paul P

Born 1977, Canada

Lives and works in Toronto, Canada

Selected Solo and Two Persons Exhibitions


Gamboling Green, Cooper Cole, Toronto, Canada
Temple of Friendship, with G.B. Jones, Cooper Cole, Toronto, Canada
Centaurs on the Beach, Morena di Luna/Maureen Paley, Hove, UK
Kate Newby and Paul P., Michael Lett, Auckland, NZ (forthcoming)

Slim Volume, Queer Thoughts, New York, USA
Arrière-pensée, Lulu, Mexico City, Mexico
The Independent, Cooper Cole, New York, USA

2018 The thin gate clanged, with B. Wurtz, Cooper Cole, Toronto, Canada

2017 Born Yesterday (with G.B. Jones), Participant, Inc., New York, USA

Civilization (inverted) (cur. Lee Plested), Griffin Art Projects, Vancouver, Canada

2016 The Rex Prisms, Morena di Luna with Maureen Paley, Hove, UK

2015 Civilization Coordinates (cur. Rui Amaral), Scrap Metal, Toronto, Canada

2014 The Homosexual Lovers Throughout the Ages Party, Broadway 1602, New
York, USA

2013 Escritoire Nancy, Andrew Roth, New York, USA

Doe Ye Nexte Thynge, The Suburban, Oak Park, USA

2012 Something Cloudy, Something Clear, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary, Canada

The XFactor in Beholding, Tempo Rubato, Tel Aviv, Israel

2011 Dry Neptune, Massimo Minini, Brescia, Italy

Byzantine Feet, Blanket, Vancouver, Canada

A World of Love, Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, USA

2010 Sherbert in Demascus, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York, USA

The Radiant Guest (with Scott Treleaven), The Fireplace Project, East Hampton, USA

2009 Three Parts Glass, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria

2008 Venice, Venice, Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, USA

Inclinations, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York, USA

When Ghost Meets Ghost, Maureen Paley, London, United Kingdom

2007 Par temps gris, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

Dusks, Lamplights (cur. Helena Rickett), The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada

Place Names, the Place, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York, USA

2006 Blue and Opal, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria

The Yellow Room, Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, USA

2005 A Grey Note, Gallery Side 2, Tokyo, Japan

Grey and Gold, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, ArtForum, Berlin, Germany

Les pas effaces, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

2004 In the Shadow of Young Girls in Bloom, Galerie Lisa Ruyter, Vienna, Austria

The Peacock Room, Angstrom Gallery, Dallas, USA

Blue Hydrangea, Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, USA

2003 Last Flowers, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York, USA

2002 Pink Gothic, Solo Exhibition, Toronto, Canada

Group Exhibitions

2021 Of These Worlds, Remai Modern, Saskatoon, Canada (forthcoming)

2020 And there I lay down on the ground, Croy Nielsen, Vienna, Austria

2019 Portraits, Foxy Production, New York, USA

Expanded Painting, Massimo Minini, Brescia, Italy

Nurikabe, Tetsuo’s Garage, Nikko, Japan

They Gaze, James Fuentes, New York

The Suitcase Show, smac, Cape Town, Zanzibar

2018 Front International Cleveland Triennial (cur. Michelle Grabner), Cleveland, USA

Belonging to a Place, Canadian Embassy, Washington DC, USA

2017 Natures Way (cur. Lee Plested), Cooper Cole, Toronto, Canada

Belonging to a Place (cur. Nicolas Schafhausen), Scrap Metal, Toronto, Canada

Form and Volume, CF Hill Art Space, Stockholm, Sweden

Heartbreak Hotel, Invisible Exports, New York, USA

We are safe and all is well in the world (cur. Rui Amaral), Scrap Metal, Toronto, Canada

2016 In Wonderland, Tempo Rubato, New York, USA

2014 Verzweigt – Trees in Contemporary Art, Museum Sinclair Haus, Bad Homburg, Germany

Whitney Biennial (cur. Anthony Elms), Whitney Museum of Art, New York, USA

Tony Greene:, Iceberg Projects, Chicago, USA

2013 Quarrantanni Massimo Minini 1973-2013, Triennale di Milano, Milan,

Lesson in Anatomy, Tempo Rubato, Tel Aviv, Israel

Massimo Minini, Brescia, Italy

The Painting Project, Galerie de lUQAM, Montreal, Canada

2012 Props for Memory, Invisible Exports, New York, USA

Synesthesia, M+B Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

aye – dunkelblau (cur. Susanne M. Winterling), Parrotta Contemporary Art, Sttugart, Germany

Fine Art Photography, 3A Gallery, New York, USA

2011 Invitation to the Voyage, Algus Greenspon Gallery, New York, USA

Les paris sont ouverts (cur. Caroline May), Freud Museum, London, United Kingdom

Compass: drawings from the MoMA (cur. C. Rattemeyer), Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany

2010 Compass in Hand (cur. C. Rattemeyer), Institut Valencia dArt Modern, Valencia, Spain

Art on Paper 2010 (cur. Xandra Eden), Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, USA

Male (cur. Vince Aletti), Maureen Paley, London, United Kingdom

Holes, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York, USA

Boy, oh Boy!, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, USA

2009 Compass in Hand (cur. Christian Rattemeyer), MoMA, New York, USA

Fixstern: 100 Jahre Kunst auf Papier, Landesmuseen, Schloss Gottdorf, Schleswig, Germany

Naked!, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, USA

2008 The Boys of Summer, The Fireplace Project, East Hampton, USA

Male, White Columns (cur. Vince Aletti), New York, USA / Presentation House, Vancouver, Canada

2007 People Take Pictures of Each Other (cur. Bob Nickas), LaMontagne Gallery, Boston, USA

Sweet Bird of Youth (cur. Hedi Slimane), Arndt& Partner, Berlin, Germany

Some Kind of Portrait, Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, USA

Crack the Sky (cur. Wayne Baerwaldt), Biennale de Montreal, Montreal, Canada

Painting as Fact – Fact as Fiction (cur. Bob Nickas), de Pury and Luxembourg, Zurich, Switzerland

2006 People, Museo dArte Contemporanea Donnaregina, Naples, Italy

I Love My Scene (cur. Jose Friere), Mary Boone Gallery, New York, USA

Image Is Gone, Galerie Lisa Ruyter, Vienna, Austria

2005 This Hard, Gem-Like Flame (cur. Joseph Wolin), Angstrom Gallery, Dallas, USA

La beaute de lenfer, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium

2004 Origins of Harold, Deitch Projects, New York, USA

Heavenly Creatures, Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria

Happy Times Are Here Again, David Zwirner Gallery, New York, USA

Rimbaud, I-20 Gallery, New York, USA

Shes Come Undone, Artemis Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York, USA

Colored Pencil, KS Art, New York, USA

Republic of Love (cur. Xandra Eden), The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada

Its About Memory, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, USA

Now is a Good Time, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, USA

2003 My People were Fair… (cur. Bob Nickas), Team Gallery, New York, USA

Teenage Rebel, Galerie du jour agnes b, Paris, France

Todays Man, John Connelly Presents, New York, USA / Hiromi Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Now Playing, DAmelio Terras Gallery, New York, USA

Karaoke Death Machine, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York, USA

2002 Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, USA

2001 Wall Art, Other Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada


2016 Fogo Island Arts, Fogo Island, Canada

2015 Cove Park International Visual Arts Residency, Cove Park, Scotland

2005 Art Production Fund Fondation Claude Monet, Giverny, France

Selected Bibliography

2020 Coleman, Charity. “Paul P., Queer Thoughts” ArtForum

Capada, Gaby. “Paul P.’s Ghostly Portraits Link Vintage Porn to Art Historical Tradition” Art In America

Gavin, Francesca. “Paul P., The Artist Making Dreamy Paintings from Vintage Gay Erotica” AnOther Magazine

2019 Turgeon, Alex. “Paul P.” Canadian Art Magazine

2018 Grabner, Michelle, Ed. Front International: Cleveland Triennial for Contempoary Art, Front/Cleveland Museum of Art

2017 Gavin, Francesca, Form and Volume, CFHill Art Space, Stockholm

2016 Clarke, Bill, Civilization Coordinates”, Modern Painters, April.

2015 Northcross, Wayne, How Customized Furniture…”, New York Observer, Oct. 22

2014 Hoffmann, Jens, United States of Biennials”, Texte zur Kunst, Sept.

Fuchs, Ina, Vergzweigt: Baume in der Zeitgenossischen Kunst, Museum Sinclair-Haus/Wienard

Morris, Matt, CriticsPick: Tony Greene:”,, April 20.

Russeth, Andrew, OnView: Paul P.: The Homosexual Lovers Throughout the Ages Party” New York Observer, April 9

Wolin, Joseph, Paul P.  The Homosexual Lovers Throughout the Ages Party”, Time Out New York, April 2

Halle, Howard, Five Must-See Works at the Whitney Biennial”, Time Out New York, Mar 13

Comer, Elms, Grabner, Whitney Biennial 2014, Whitney Museum/Yale

Gopnik, Blake, Chose the Artists, Ignore the Critics, New York Times, Feb 16

2013 Bozzini, Didi, Roger Ballen, Ryan Medoza, Paul P., Galleria Massimo Minini

Belisele, Dery et al. The Painting Project/Le Projet Peinture, Galerie de lUQAM

Venice Surfers”, Paris, LA, #9

2012 The best designed, most inviting blank space”w/ Dennis Cooper, Richardson, A6

Mizrahi, Liav, The XFactor in Beholding”, Haaretz, April 11

2011 Wolin, Joseph R., Gilded Age”, Canadian Art, summer

Schmerler, Sarah, Paul P.”, Art in America, Mar.

2010 Stephenson, Sarah, Paul P.s New Body”, Art in America, online, Oct 29

Minini, Massimo, Ma Cosa Succede la Fuori”, Flash Art Italiana, August

Unison – Paul P. and Cedric Rivrain in conversation”, Paris, LA, summer

Boukobza, Julie, Y a-t-il une vie dartistes a Paris?”, Double, spring/summer

Lewis, David, ed., Blake Book, Lubok Verlag

2009 Bollen, Christopher, “ Rated Art”, Interview Magazine, Dec.

Rattemeyer, Christian, Compass in Hand; Selections from the Judith Rothschild Foundation, MoMA.

Flosdorff, Caroline, Fixstern: 100 Jahre Kunst auf Papier, Weinard Verlag

Hall, Emily, Paul P. Inclinations”, Artforum, Mar.

Wolin, Joseph, Paul P.  Inclinations”, Time Out New York, Jan 22

Johnson, Ken, Paul P.  Inclinations”, New York Times, Jan 8

The New Yorker, Ed., Goings On, Paul P.”, Jan. 5

Miles, Christopher, Paul P. at Marc Selwyn Fine Art”, LA Weekly, Jan. 1

2008 Pagel, David, Paul P. at Marc Selwyn Fine Art”, Los Angeles Times, Dec. 18

van Bennekom, Jop, Paul P.”, Butt, Winter

Aletti, Vince, MALE: from the collection of Vince Aletti, PPP Editions

Zhong, Fan, Paul P. Show”, Interview, Nov.

Velasco, David, Paul P.”, Museo, No. 9

2007 Reckitt, Helena, Voices- Paul P.”, NYArts, Nov./Dec.

Clarke, Bill, Paul P.”, Canadian Art, Winter

Hanley, William, Review: Place Names, the Place”, Artnews, Oct.

Krishtalka, Sholem, Decadent, Decaying Romance”, Xtra!, Sep. 13

McGinley, Ryan, High Art”, The Advocate, August 14

Baerwaldt, Wayne, Crack the Sky, 5th Biennale de Montreal / Public35

Fraser-Cavassoni, Natasha, Paul P.: Studio View” Interview, May

2006 Dos Santos, Marcelo, The Line of Beauty”, Attitude, March

Melendez, Franklin, The Avant Marriage of Fashion and Art”, SOMA, Mar.

Cobb, Michael, In the Shadow of Young Girls in Bloom”, They Shoot Homos..,#2

2005 Bollen, Christopher, Headshots”, VMan, spring/summer

Ryan, Julie, Paul P. in Vienna”, C Magazine, spring

Maculan, Lena, Junge Kunst aus Kanada: die Portrats von Paul P.” Parnass, Mar.

Cucco, Susanna, Coups de Coeur”, LOfficiel Hommes, spring/summer

2004 Uovo Drawings 2004, Uovo, #9, Dec.

Aigner, Claudia, Suchtig nach dem Ruckwartsgang”, Weiner Zeitung, Dec. 17

Garulli, Lavinia, et al., Mixed Paint”, Flash Art, Nov.

Ribas, Joao, Shes Come Undone”, Time Out New York, Jul.1

Martin, Merritt, Jack Pierson and Paul P.”, Dallas Observer, Jun. 17

Sworn, Corin, Republic of Love”, Canadian Art, Summer

Hellman, Michel, Eros et Thanatos”, Le Devoir, Montreal, Mar. 28

Eden, Xandra, Republic of Love”, Power Plant, Toronto, Spring

2003 New Yorker, Ed., Goings On, My People were fair…”, Nov. 17

New Yorker, Ed., Goings On, Now Playing”, Aug. 4

Cotter, Holland, Paul P.”, New York Times, Jul. 18

Rimanelli, David, Entries”, Artforum, Summer

2002  Hackett, Sophie. Beautiful Politics”, Xtra!,  Apr. 4


2012 Last Flowers, Invisible Exports/Downtown Arts, 2012, text by Daniel Reich

2011 The Radiant Guest (Paul P. and Scott Treleaven), Publication Studios,

2010 The Pink Book, Daniel Reich Gallery, text by Harold Montague

2009 Venice, Venice, Marc Selwyn Fine Art

2008 Paul P. When Ghost Meets Ghost/Peter Hujar, Maureen Paley, text by Vince Aletti

2007 Blue and Silver, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, text by Francois Jonquet

Nonchaloir, Powerhouse books, text by Collier Schorr

Places Names, the Place, Daniel Reich Gallery, text by David Velasco

2006 The Yellow Room, Marc Selwyn Fine Art, text by Vince Aletti

2005 Grey and Gold, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, text by Michel Bulteau

Public Collections

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco

The Francis Young Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY

The Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY

Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence

Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, MA

Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle

Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta

The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA


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