Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Artist Spotlight: Paul Fayard

Watching Wyatt by Paul Fayard
I had the privilage of meeting Paul and his girlfriend during the Mississippi Arts Commission 2013 Visual Arts Fellowship Recipients Show at the Oddfellows Gallery. What intrigued me so about Paul's work is the way it captured people during daily activities. Each painting is a polaroid of the personality of the person being depicted. The paintings are telling and honest without being voyeuristic. Like many of my favorite artists, Edgar Degas and Richard Deibenkorn, his Paul's work takes ordinary moments and makes them into art.

Photo of Me at Oddfellows in front of one of Paul's works
Chanteuse by Paul Fayard

Walkers Runners by Paul Fayard
Paul also blurs the line of reality and art in his other work of making prosthetics. When I asked him about the relationship between sculpting prosthetics and making a painting, he told me that it is the respect for the process itself. The creation of both involves the completion of a skilled plan, but must have room to evolve.  This is especially true when dealing with any type of artwork that deals with human subjects as its focus. People are always moving, aging, and changing. It takes skill for an artist to show this accurately and that is exactly what Paul does. 

For more work by Paul check out his website


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