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"Subject to Change"

A solo exhibition of contemporary realist paintings by

Paul D. Fuentes

February 1 - 27, 2023

"Meet the Artist" Reception will be held:

Friday, February 10, 7pm - 8:30pm

The Artist...

Paul D. Fuentes is a graduate of The Tyler School of Art and Architecture of Temple University (BFA, magna cum laude). His design and illustration work has appeared in ads and publications including The New York Times. He was a creative director at HBO and soon became a director, directing TV commercials, promo campaigns and shows. With Screen Gems he opened Huge, his own New York production company.

The Artist's Work...

Fuentes’ paintings have been shown in galleries on the east and west coasts including Sotheby’s New York, Las Laguna Gallery in Laguna Beach and in the nationally juried Art In Politics show at Touchstone Gallery in Washington D.C. The White Room Gallery in the Hamptons and Corridor Contemporary in Philadelphia currently represent his work. Two paintings were selected for the 30th International Juried Exhibition at Viridian Gallery, New York. His portrait of Hillary Clinton, My Heart New Opened, was featured in Creative Quarterly Journal and published in The Village Voice. As a director Paul’s film work has been honored by CLIO, the Art Directors Club, The International Film and Television Awards, The Belding Awards, PROMAX, The New York Festivals and The Houston International Film Festival.

Paul’s paintings often blend modern life with pop culture references. A woman takes a selfie by her wrecked Rolls Royce; another takes a selfie (her last?) at Mount Kilimanjaro. Memorializing moments— significant and banal— onto devices is an ongoing theme. His portraits question the nature of identity and transfer to the viewer an invitation to be complicit. Subjects are often depicted in wardrobe that creates an obvious illusion. Putin, in a T-shirt popular with fitness buffs (“Sun’s Out, Guns Out”) is posed like St. Francis. In this context however, the statement seems quite literal. Replacing familiar contexts with new ones, history may become fiction prompting viewers to create their own narratives.

Artist's Statement...

"Modern themes interest me--the disposable versus the timeless, the cult of celebrity, finding humanity in a high-tech world where we’re becoming increasingly isolated.  Capturing humanity in a gesture or expression can be beautiful and is a goal.  Combining contemporary themes in a classical style I hope to engage viewers into seeing something beautiful or cool and then have them realize this may be about something else entirely. Classic painters, street art, pop art, advertising, design and cinematography inform my work."

-Paul D. Fuentes

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