Piece description from the artist
By 1986 I moved to California to attend the Art Center College of Design. I began to develop a collage style of work that allowed me to merge my love of photography with my passion for painting. Blending paint and photographic compositions together on a single picture plane, I seek an integration of the two media types to create motion filled dreamscapes. Each piece transports the viewer to a dynamic textural environment. The physicality of paint coveys human emotions, contrasting the clarity and formality of photographic elements. Brush strokes and washes also serve to complete the dreamscapes adding transitional dream fragments and a sense of motion.
Growing up in a family of artists and designers, art was an integral part of Paul's life as a child. His first set of brushes and introduction to painting came in the spring of 1969. His father was working with "Walter Gropius":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Gropius in Cambridge, MA. His mom belonged to a figure drawing group that met on Wednesdays in his living room on Center Street in Marblehead. Paul's first paintings were black tempera on newsprint. He was 2 years old and wanted to be an artist when he grew up.
Kirley's artistic influences include a connection to landscape, buildings and place through family exposure to architecture and landscape architecture. He discovered both photography and a love of 50’s "abstract expressionist":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abstract_expressionism painting in his teens. Paul lived to shoot photos, draw and paint. Trips to the museum became trips to church for him. He dreamed "Kline":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Kline brush strokes, "Stieglitz":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Stieglitz compositions, and "Rauschenberg":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rauschenberg combines.
Paul is an exhibiting member of the Arts Guild of Sonoma and regularly contributes to the Venice Artwalk.