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Paul Pagk

The drawings of Paul Pagk, created as a daily practice, may seem at first spontaneous and even slightly nonchalant, but a more sustained viewing reveals a great mastery of line, color and sensation. Pagk seeks to articulate the notions of poetics, time and space. Each drawing generates a field of visual tension between intimacy and immensity, geometry and organic forms, strength and fragility. The lines and varied reflective surfaces created by the multiple materials employed (dry pastels and bold, graphite, gouache, watercolor, marble...) open a visual field emanating light and atmosphere, a narrative space that the viewer - with his own background - can further elaborate on. Pagk avoids perfect executions, smooth surfaces and perpendicular lines. It is precisely the imperfections, the unexpected and the surrealism that make his work so intense and attractive.


Paul Pagk was born in England in 1962, then lived in Vienna and France. At the age of 26, the Anglo-American artist moved to New York, where he still works today. While being based in Manhattan, Pagk never fully shed his European affinities, which he acquired during his childhood spent in museums and during his studies at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris. Working with supports and materials as diverse as paper and linen canvas, pencil, watercolor, gouache, soft and oil pastels, and oil paints, Pagk creates visual, intellectual, and meditative spaces that engage both body and mind.

The art of Paul Pagk is deeply conscious of the history of abstraction and minimalism, but resolutely contemporary in his conceptual and pictorial approach.

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British American Artist

Born in the UK, 1962

Lived in England, Austria, France

Lives and works in New York since 1988.

Lived in England, Austria, France and lives and works in New York since 1988.


1978 to 1982: École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France




Paul Pagk, Galerie Eric Dupont, Paris France


Oeuvres récentes, Galerie Eric Dupont, Paris France


18 Drawings and 1 Painting, Studio 10, Brooklyn, New York, USA


Mesquite drawings, Some Walls, Oakland, CA, USA


Recent paintings, My red maybe your orange, even, Galerie Eric Dupont, Paris, France


Children of the Revolution Cosmic Sex Poem, Exhibition, New York, USA


Home is where the heart is, Baukunst Galerie, Köln, Germany


Recent Paintings, Gallery Eric Dupont , Paris, France

To K from P with love, Markus Winter, Berlin, Germany

Aftermath & lexicon, Moti Hasson Gallery, New York, USA


Open Project Space, New York, USA

Galerie Eric Dupont, Paris, France


Batlle Pagk curated by Adrian Dannatt, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, USA


Galerie Eric Dupont, Paris, France


Galerie Eric Dupont, Paris, France

Galeries des études, ENAD Limoges-Aubusson, France


MACC, Fresnes, France

Le 10neuf, C.R.A.C. Montbéliard, France


Galerie Eric Dupont, Paris, France

CRG Gallery, New York, USA


CRG Gallery, New York, USA


Galerie Eric Dupont, Toulouse, France


Thread Waxing Space, New York, USA


Galerie Eric Dupont, Toulouse, France


Thread Waxing Space, New York, USA


Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris, France


Galerie Simone L'Hermitte, Rouen, France


Jean-Marie Monthiers, Paris, France

A.P.A.C. Montpelier, France




Introspection: Paul Pagk / Warner Berckmans, Artelli Gallery Brussels

The Idiosyncratic Pencil, curated by Ann Stoddard, Harper Center for the Arts, SC, USA
Courant à contre-courant, curated by Emmanuel Lesgougues, Collection Quasar, Peyrehorade, France


Lunchbox Fund Benefit, NYC, USA,

EXIL: Paul Pagk, Carlos Kusnir, Hyun Soo Choi, Damien Cabanes, Siobhan Liddell, Galerie Eric Dupont, Paris, France

Goerk / Grytting / Pagk / Welish, ART 3 Silas Von Morisse Gallery, Brooklyn, USA

Summer installation of works by gallery artists Eileen Quinlan, Paul Pagk, Pieter Schoolwerth, Blake Rayne, Rochelle Goldberg, Miguel Abreu Gallery, NYC, USA

Social Photography V, Carriage Trade, NYC, USA

Art Brussels 2017, Galerie Eric Dupont, France

Drawing Now Paris 2017, Galerie Eric Dupont, France


Visages de la ligne, Frac Picardie, Amiens, France

Sequence 6: one work, one week Rochelle Goldberg, Paul Pagk, Aaron Flint Jamison, Pieter Schoolwerth, Miguel Abreu Gallery, NYC, USA PPP Painters Painting on Paper @ Schema Projects, Brooklyn, USA

Mamie Holst and Paul Pagk, presented by Jane Kim 33 Orchard, NYC, USA

5x5, Edward Thorp Gallery, NYC, USA

Osamu Kobayashi and Paul Pagk, Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami, Florida, USA


The 40th Anniversary Exhibition, Hal Bromm Gallery, NYC, USA

The Abstract Body, curated by Craig Stockwell, The Sharon Arts Centre, Peterborough, NH, USA

ON PAPER Mamie Holst and Paul Pagk, presented by Jane Kim, 33 Orchard, NYC, USA


Material Way, curated by Kathleen Kucka, Shirley Fitterman Art Gallery BMCC, NYC, USA

(S)ITATIONS La beauté devient avant-garde une passion privée, Musée de Sarrebourg, Sarrebourg, France

Summer Show, Focus on Painting, FL Gallery Milan, Italy

Pipe Dreams, Wishful Thinking, Grand Gestures & Dirty Lies, ACE Project Space. NYC, USA

Brooklyn Bridge, curated by Justine Frischmann, George Lawson Gallery, SF, USA


Social Photography III, Carriage Trade, NYC, USA

Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Year 1, curated by Phong Bui, Dedalus foundation, Brooklyn, USA

la main invente le dessin, centre culturel de rencontre, abbaye de Saint-Riquier, France

Four Tet, Jim Comtempori, Barcelona, Spain

Emergence, A Proposition by: Katrin Bremermann, Erin Lawlor & Yifat Gat, Hôtel de Sauroy, Paris, France

Wit, curated by Joanne Freeman, Painting Center, New York, USA


Around the corner, Four Painters Living in Tribeca: Hermine Ford, Joanne Greenbaum, Paul Pagk, Gary Stephan, organized by Lucien Terras, New York, USA

Line and Plane, McKenzie Fine Art, New York, USA

Surface Affect, Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York, USA

Wavers, curated by EJ Hauser and Rob Nadeau, Brooklyn, USA


Social Photography II, Carriage Trade, NYC, USA

A Romance of many Dimensions, curated by Brent Hallard, BrooklynArtistGym, Brooklyn, USA

A Review, Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, USA

A few of my favorite things, The End, Brooklyn, USA

70 Years of Abstract Painting – Excerpts, Jason McCoy inc. New York, USA

Paper A-Z, Sue Scott Gallery, New York, USA

Geometric Days, curated by Papo Colo, Jeanette Ingberman, and Herb Tam, Exit Art, New York, USA


Social Photography I, Carriage Trade, NYC, USA

Painting and Sculpture, Foundation for Contemporary Art Benefit, Lehmann Maupin, New York, USA

Informal Relations curated by Scott Grow, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis, USA

Geometric Progressions, Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, USA

Lush Life, curated by Franklin Evans and Omar Lopez-Chahoud, Scaramouche, New York, USA


A fleur de peau II – Le dessin à l’épreuve, Galerie Eric Dupont, Paris, France


Present, curated by Jay Murphy, HP Garcia Gallery, New York, France

Group Show, Galerie Eric Dupont, Paris, France

Untitled (On Paper), Moti Hasson Gallery, New York, USA


Inside the Pale, curated by Frank Schroder, Thrust Projects, New York, USA

Orthodoxe/Hétérodoxe: choisir sa ligne, Le 10neuf, C.R.A.C. Monbéliard, France

Beyond the Pale, curated by Candice Madey and Tairone Bastien, Moti Hasson Gallery, New York, USA


Trait, ligne, écrire l’espace, F.R.A.C Beauvais, France

Twist it Twice, curated by Franklin Evans, Moti Hasson Gallery, New York, USA

Hands up/Hand down, Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York, USA

A fleur de peau, Galerie Eric Dupont, Paris, France


Excès de traits, Frac Picardie , Amiens, France


Le Cabinet 2, curated by Ann Philbin, FRAC Picardie, Amiens, France

Le Cabinet 1, curated by Gabriel Orozco, FRAC Picardie, Amiens, France


Zenroxy, curated by Ivan Vera, Von Lintel Gallery, New York, USA


Galerie Martagon, Malacène, France

Recent acquisitions, FRAC Picardie, Amiens, France


Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, Massachusetts, USA


C.R.A.C., Montbéliard, France


New York Draws, Gas-Works, London, and then Corner House, Manchester, UK

Current under current, Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA


Drawings, AC Project Room, New York, USA

Works on Paper, Alona Kagan & Jose Martos, New York, USA

Other Rooms, Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York, USA


Metamorphose Part II, Guillaume Gallozzi, New York, USA

Summer Exhibition, CRG Gallery, New York, USA


Logo Non Logo, curated by Robert C. Morgan and Pierre Restany, Thread Waxing Space,

York, and then to University of South Florida, USA

Centre Lotois D'Art Contemporain, Figeac, France

Written-Spoken-Drawn in Lacanian Ink, curated by Raphael Rubinstein, Thread Waxing Space, New York, USA

Drawings, Galerie Regards, Paris, France


Intérieurs, Musée Goya, Castres, France


Abstract Painting, curated by Robert C. Morgan, Nahan Contemporary, New York, USA

Three Painters, curated by Timothy Nye & Miguel Abreu, 470 Broome Street, New York, USA


Galerie Jacques Girard, Toulouse, France

Park Floral de Paris, Paris, France


Carte Blanche à Yves Michaud, CREDAC, Ivry, France

Centre Culturel de Brétigny, Brétigny-sur-Orge, France


L'Epure, curated by Yves Michaud, Galerie Beau Lézard, Paris, France


Journées Jeunes Créateurs, Espace Kiron, Paris, France

Sur Invitation, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France

Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris, France


55 Panoyaux, Paris, France



Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptures Grant


Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant


Sheldon Bergh Award


Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant


Prix Fenéon, Université de la Sorbonne


New York Presbyterian-Cornell Hospital, New York, USA

Fonds National D'Art Contemporain (FNAC), France

Le Bon Marché (LVMH group), Paris, France

Springfield Museum of Art, Ohio, USA

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA

L'Artotec Limoges, France

FRAC Picardie, France

"Les Abattoirs", Musée de Toulouse, France

Ville de Brétigny-sur-Orge, France


Cécile de Hann, Paul Pagk : portrait artorismagazine 29 may 2016 

Bill Clarke, Paul Pagk, 33 Orchard Gallery, Mag Mag, June 6th, 2015

Zachary Keeting & Christopher Joy, Gorky's Granddaugther, April 2015

Susan Happersett, Paul Pagk at 33 Orchard Gallery, Fibonaccisusan, February 6, 2015

Anne Malherbe, Paul Pagk, vivacité de l'abstraction, Arts Press, October, 2014

Adrian Dannatt, Our Secret: Hidden Master Painter Paul pagk, Artcritical, September 22, 2014

Christopher Stout, Paul Pagk : 18 Drawings and 1 Painting, Arts in Bushwick, avril 2013

Chris Ashley, Essay on The Mesquite Drawings, Some Walls, April 9th 2011

Sharon Butler, two coats of paint, Geometry is real, 12 mars 2011

Over 40, Under the Radar, Modern Painters, February, 2011

Le blog Processbleu, Paul Pagk 02, September 25, 2010

Brent Hallard, Visual Discrepancies, Conversation with Brent Hallard, September 27, 2010

David Cohen, The Sun "Idiosyncratic Intellectualism", March 8, 2007

Jacquelyn Lewis, Art Info, Interview: Paul Pagk at Moti Hasson, February 27, 2007

Franz Dahlem, DADURICH, To K from P. Berlin, Germany, 2007

Adrian Dannatt, Studio Visit on line, October, 2005

1990-2003 Prototypes, FRAC Picardie, Amiens, France 2003

Sarah Douglas, Art Newspaper (Review), May 2003

Miguel Abreu, Connaissance des Arts, March 2002

Alexandre Grenier, Pariscope (Review), September 2000

Damien Sausset, L'Oeil, September 2000

Franklin Sirmans, Catalogue essay Le 19, May 1999

Franklin Sirmans, Flash Art (Review), March-April 1999

Robert C. Morgan, Review, January 15, 1998

Mark Van de Walle, ArtForum (Review), November 1995

Robert C. Morgan, Catalogue essay "Logo Non Logo", November 1994

Raphael Meyer Rubinstein, Art in America (Review), September 1993

Donald Kuspit, ArtForum (Review), Summer 1993

Holland Cotter, The New York Times (Review), April 1993

Daniel Pinchbeck, Art & Antiques (Openings), March 1993

Tim Nye, Catalogue interview by Tim Nye, Thread Waxing Space, March 1993

Laurence Cabidoche, Art Press (Review), December 1992

Adrian Dannatt, Catalogue essay, Paris: Eric Dupont Gallery, September 1992

Jean-Louis Pinte, Figaro Scope "Un accent d'avant-garde", January-March 1992

Adrian Dannatt, Flash Art (Review), January-February 1992

Robert C. Morgan, Tema Celeste "The Endgame", January-March 1992

Christopher Sweet, Art News (Reviews), 1991

Stephen Westfall, Catalogue essay, Thread Waxing Space, New York, October 1991

Raphael Meyer Rubinstein, Catalogue essay, Thread Waxing Space, New York, October 1991

Miguel Abreu, Catalogue essay, “Three Painters”, New York, October 1990

Patrick-Gilles Persin, Catalogue essay, Parc Floral de Paris, June 1988

Jean-Charles Agboton, Art Press (Reviews), February 1988

Yves Michaud, Catalogue essay, “Carte Blanche” CREDAC, Ivry, December 1987

Bernard Cambon, Catalogue essay, “Quand les formes génèrent les existences”, Centre Culturel de Brétigny/Orge, March 1987

Jean-Louis Poitevin, Kanal “Promenade dans les Galeries Parisiennes”, March 1986

Schönfeld Gallery
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