Paul P. creates drawings and paintings that reimagine found erotic photographs of young men, placing them into a 19th-century aesthetic tradition. His practice also encompasses abstract landscapes and sculptural furniture. Born in Canada and working in Toronto, P. uses images from the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives as well as gay erotic magazines, transforming them into pieces that address transience, desire, cataloging and notation.
Paul P. was born in 1977 in Canada. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
He was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial in New York and the 2018 Front International Cleveland Triennial. P. has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions, including: Cooper Cole in Toronto (2020); Morena di Luna in Hove, UK (2020); Queer Thoughts in New York (2019); Lulu in Mexico City (2019); Scrap Metal in Toronto (2017); Participant Inc. in New York (2017); Griffin Art Projects in Vancouver (2017); Maureen Paley in Hove, UK (2016); Broadway 1602 in New York (2014); The Suburban in Oak Park, Illinois (2013); Freud Museum in London (2011); Institut Valencià d’Art Modern in Valencia, Spain (2010); Museum of Modern Art in New York (2009); Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Salzburg, Austria (2009); and the Power Plant in 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.