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Paul Weber

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Artist Statement
My art is fundamentally conservative in nature. I concentrate on traditional aspects of painting: illusion of space, depiction of volume, suggestion of atmosphere and light.
I prefer still life subject matter. Everyday objects in eloquent arrangements have architecture, local color, variety of shapes, forms, and scale, and doesn't get up and go anywhere while I paint. I work directly from life, with some help from photographs and memory. Prolonged observation, contemplation become informed and layered with memory and invention. A completed painting never looks like the original motif. Objects move around, appear and disappear as the painting evolves.
My paintings strive to be simple, yet complex. A coherent, unified, refined image can be apprehended "all at once", but sub groupings, variations on a theme, hidden surprises reward extended looking. Beyond the appearance of objects, symbolic connotations arise. An empty, receptive vessel, a robust, ripe fruit, a discarded, wrinkled paper in its afterlife.
My paintings strive to express stillness, silence--what one might experience in a small chapel. A muted palette, relatively narrow band of paint handling, small objects contribute to this effect. A matter of factness within an atmospheric space. Beyond that, I hope there is room for magic.

Paul Weber Bio
Paul Weber is a midwesterner—born, raised, and educated in the midwest. Graduated with a BA degree from St John’s University, and MFA from University of Iowa. Worked for 20 years in the publishing industry as a graphic designer and software engineer. Retired from publishing and is now painting full time in his studio in Fox Lake, Illinois.


Vessel, oil on canvas, 8" x 10"

Vessel, oil on canvas, 8" x 10"

Three Vessels, oil on canvas, 12" x 24"

Three Vessels, oil on canvas, 12" x 24"

Untitled, oil on canvas, 13" x 32"

Untitled, oil on canvas, 13" x 32"

Small Objects, oil on canvas, 24" x 36"

Small Objects, oil on canvas, 24" x 36"

Grisaille, oil on canvas, 30" x 30"

Grisaille, oil on canvas, 30" x 30"

Vessels, oil on canvas, 12" x 24"

Vessels, oil on canvas, 12" x 24"

Lemon, oil on canvas, 11" x 14"

Lemon, oil on canvas, 11" x 14"

Pear and Silver Ring, oil on canvas, 13" x 14"

Pear and Silver Ring, oil on canvas, 13" x 14"

Study, oil on canvas, 5"x 5"

Study, oil on canvas, 5"x 5"

Study, oil on canvas, 5" x 5"

Study, oil on canvas, 5" x 5"

Study, oil on canvas, 10" x 10"

Study, oil on canvas, 10" x 10"

Four Vessels, oil on canvas, 23" x 23"

Four Vessels, oil on canvas, 23" x 23"

Study, oil on canvas, 12" x 11"

Study, oil on canvas, 12" x 11"

Vessels 1-3, oil on canvas, approx. 18"x20"

Vessels 1-3, oil on canvas, approx. 18"x20"

Vessels 4, 5, 6, oil on canvas, approx. 18"x20"

Vessels 4, 5, 6, oil on canvas, approx. 18"x20"

Vessels 7, 8, 9, oil on canvas, approx. 18"x20"

Vessels 7, 8, 9, oil on canvas, approx. 18"x20"