Born 1978 in New Haven, Connecticut, lives and works in Brooklyn, New York

The New York based artist is first of all concerned with figurative painting, which he tends to slightly abstract. Pauls pictures are engaged in non-places, vegetable landscapes with bookshelves and window ledges, offering an insight in a parallel reality. Deserted spaces reflect an inner perception and remind the beholder of the still-life’s by the well-known Dutch classics e.g. Willem van Aelst.

The regular order of the objects seems to be maintained by the image. Cans, candleholder and empty vases fill up the interior. But at a second glance straight and twisty lines disturb the familiar impression. Formally the geometrical aspects of the composition subsist side by side to the organic elements. The traces of individual interpretation become visible on the plane canvas and on the wooden panel. 

By this means the obscure inner impressions melt into the existing phenomena.

 

Education
MFA, painting, 2004 San Francisco Art Institute
BFA, Fine Arts, Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington D.C. 2001

Solo Shows

2016
Slow Wave, Eleanor Hardwood Gallery, San Francisco

2015
New Alphabet, ALICE Gallery, Brussels, BE
Thank You For Being You, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY

2014

Pots and Rocks, The Wall, Berlin
Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Still Life, Charlotte Fogh Gallery, Aarhus, Denmark

2013 

Almost Somewhere, Narwhal Art Projects, Toronto, ON, Canada
Early Romantics, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA

2012
'Wait and Watch Awhile Go By', ALICE Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

2011
Of Life, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York , NY
Idle/Idol,  Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, Ca

2009
New Work Tournesol award show , Luggage store gallery, San Francisco, Ca

2008
Stand Still Like the Hummingbird, Eleanor Harwood Gallery San Francisco, Ca

2006   
Another Side of This Life, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco Ca
Critics pick in Artforum.com November 2006 by Glen Helfand

2005
Old Bodies Become Crystal Clear, Record collector, San Francisco Ca 

2001
Eleven Ways to Cut an Egg, BFA Thesis show, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015
ART BRUSSELS, with ALICE Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

2014 
View Point Geon, Narwhal Contemporary, Toronto, CA
Future Simple, ALICE Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Just Before Brazil, ALICE Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Thanks For Coming, Tribeca Grand Foyer, New York, NY
Objektivity, Impakto, Lima, Peru
Still Life, Charlotte Fogh Gallery, Aarhus, Denmark

2013
A Massive Swelling, Muddguts Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Mark Cross
Up In Smoke, Greenpoint Terminal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Needles & Pen, 10 Year Anniversary Show, Luggage Store, San Francisco, CA
Split Focus, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco CA

2012
Habaes Corpus, Halsey McKay, East Hampton, NY
10 Revolutions Around the Sun, 10 Year Anniversary Show for the Tournesol Award, Headlands
Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
Domesticated Souls, ALICE Gallery, Brussels Belgium
In the Moment, benefit auction Luggage Store Gallery. San Francisco, CA
Pure Logo, New Image Art., Los Angeles CA, curated by Skullphone
Glass House, Nudashank Gallery, Baltimore MD
Domestic Goods, Eric firestone Gallery, Southhampton NY, curated by Ryan Wallace
Pulse art fair New York, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York
Crossing the Rubicon, JAS gallery, Paris, France
Control Group, NOMA Gallery, San Francisco CA

2011 
Scope Art Fair Miami, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA
Group Show Guerrero Gallery. San Francisco, CA
Burn Out, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA
In the Moment benefit auction Luggage Store Gallery. San Francisco, CA

2010
Aqua Art fair, Miami Beach Miami FL, with Morgan Lehman Gallery
Plain Air, Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn NY, curated by Brian Wilmont
Opening Ceremony Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York NY
Next art fair, Chicago with EbersMoore Gallery Chicago Il
100 Records Volume One, organized by Sonny Smith, Gallery 16, San Francisco CA
Atlas Findings Narwhal art Projects, Toronto, Ontario Canada
Paper Awesome!, Bear Ridgeway Exhibitions, San Francisco CA
Pulse Art fair NYC, 2010 with Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York NY 
It Takes Two To Make An Accident with Sean Cassidy New Image Art Los Angeles CA

2009 
Aqua Art fair, Miami, Eleanor Harwood Gallery Miami, FL
14 artists, New Image Art, Los Angeles CA
Hyperspaces, Park Life Gallery, San Francisco CA
Painting Group show, Ebersb9, Chicago, IL

2008
One to Many, photocopy zine show. Partisan Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Landscape, Portrait, Pattern part one, Hallway Bathroom Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Aqua Art fair, Miami , Eleanor Harwood Gallery
Secret Life of Plants, Eleanor Harwood Gallery San Francisco, CA curated by Dan Carlson
Kick Out The Jams: Hot/Cold #2, Luggage Store, San Francisco, CA
Zombie Surfers, Celle Project Space, London, UK
Apocabliss, curated by Maya Hayuk, ALICE Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

2007 
Park Life One Year Anniversary Group Show, Park Life, San Francisco, CA
Albedo, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2006
Pause Factory model, Miami FL
Black bird space, San Francisco, CA
West Coast, Windows Samson projects, Boston MA, curated by Oliver Halsman Rosenberg
Nova Art Chicago, Adobe books backroom Gallery, Chicago, Il
Monster Drawing Rally 2006 southern exposure, San Francisco, CA

2005
Aqua Art Miami, Adobe Books Backroom Gallery San Francisco, CA
Letʼs Start a Fire, Fort Mason Hostel San Francisco, CA

2004 
Barely Legal: Danger Signal 66, Washington D.C.
Monster Drawing Rally 2004 Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
Trabajos del Corazon, The Lab, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Art Institute MFA Exhibition Fort Mason Herbst Pavilion, San Francisco, CA
Field Trip, Cal Arts Student Galleries, Los Angeles, CA
Group Show, 3479 18th St, San Francisco, CA
Inside of Inside Art, Auction The Lab, San Francisco, CA

2003 
Inside Out, Swell gallery San Francisco, CA
Group Show, 3479 18th St San Francisco, CA

2002 
Fresh, Swell Gallery San Francisco, CA

2001
The Good News, Noma art space 57 N St Washington D.C.
Emo-nauts, 7th St space Washington D.C.
Juvenile Delinquents, 7th St space Washington D.C.

Publications

The Liner, An Epistolary Magazine, No. 2. 2013. pp. 36-40
Harperʼs Magazine, May 2013, p. 29
New American Paintings, No. 104, Featured Artist, 2013. p. 145
“Ruby: otherworldliness” Ruby magazine book published by Gestalten Books Cheap+Plastique Issue #8 interview
“Giving In To Live The Experience” published by seems books
“Apenest” volume two, Compilation of emerging artists in North America

http://www.apenest.com/

http://apenest.com/Mediakit07.pdf

 

press

San Francisco Bay Guardian
 Picks spread week November 15-21, 2006
 http://www.sfbg.com/entry.php?catid=107&entry_id=2115

 

Web press 

http://www.sfbg.com/entry.php?catid=107&entry_id=2115
http://www.bigsmokeart.com/2013/06/paul-wackers-narwhal-projects.html
http://www.fecalface.com/SF/features-mainmenu-102/5221-paul-wackers-interview
“Artforum” Critics picks San Francisco online edition November 2006 By Glen Helfand
http://artfever.blogspot.com/2006/10/paul-wackers-at-eleanor-harwood-sf.html By Bob Callaway
http://www.daftalliance.com/artists/paul.html
http://www.kqed.org/arts/places/profile.jsp?id=22460
http://www.eleanorharwood.com/Paul_Wackers.html
http://www.missionarts.org/0610/Galleries.php
http://secondstreetgallery.org/exhibitions/landscape_at_the_limit.html
http://tenwordsandoneshot.com/paul-wackers/
 

Other Projects

Album cover art work for Thee Oh Sees “Dog Poison”2009

Album Cover Art for Octis “ment” 2008

Sfmoma mailer panel design; mar/apr 2008 museum calender

 

DISTINCTIONS

2014 
Artist Residency at the Nordic Artistʼs Centre Dale/Nordisck Kunstnarsenter Dale, Sunnfjord, Norway

2012
Visiting Artist Lecture, Brooklyn College MFA program

2009 
Tournesol Award, Headlands Center For the Arts, Sausalito, Ca 2008/2009

2008 
Finalist, SECA Award

 

COLLECTIONS

Chevron Corporation
Fidelity Investments