Paul Balmer

Like the cityscapes themselves, Paul Balmer’s paintings buzz with the constant, irrepressible force of life.

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Biography

Paul Balmer continues his deep exploration of cityscapes while venturing into still-life and abstraction. He trains his eye on San Francisco as well as his longtime subject of New York, capturing iconic skyscrapers and their surrounding cast of supporting structures with improvisational linework, vivid and moody colors, and raw, beautiful surfaces. Nature and leisure often filter into his skylines, the water visible in the distance, full of floating-triangle sailboats: calmness and complexity interwoven.

The same words characterize his monumental, vibrant still-lifes: while the scenes are breezy and serene, their balance of pattern, color, and form is intricate and sophisticated. In fact, though Balmer’s paintings are full of action, their tone is often tranquil. His recent abstractions, created last winter in the Dominican Republic, a setting whose slower pace reminded him of his childhood in South Africa, are densely layered, inspired by clear night skies, changing seasons, and lunar cycles. Though their surfaces are “scratched, scraped, and sanded,” he notes that they refer to a “happy, simple way of life.”

Like Cézanne and Pierre Bonnard, two of his important influences, Balmer prioritizes color, light, and perspective. The style he has invented draws on influences ranging from tribal art to impressionism to expressionist masters like Kandinsky and Paul Klee, pulling an essence of feeling from each tradition. “My paintings are not meant to be an exact depiction, but rather an ‘impression’ of a place,” he has said. “I hope the viewer can get a ‘feeling’ or a visceral sense…perhaps even a subconscious connection to that scene.”

Setting out from his South African origins, Balmer studied fine art in Sydney, Australia, and has described his 1999 move to New York as a turning point. He has received praise in Vanity Fair and ARTNews, among others; exhibited at galleries and art fairs in the U.S. and internationally; and placed his work in numerous private collections.

Education BFA, Meadowbank College, Sydney, Australia. Graphic Design, Randwick College, Sydney, Australia. Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions 2019 LA Art Fair, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Art Market San Francisco, Caldwell Snyder Gallery Recent Paintings, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco 2018 35th Anniversary Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2018 Art Market San Francisco, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, SF, CA 2018 Recent Paintings, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA. 2017 Recent Paintings, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, SF, CA. Art Market San Francisco, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, SF, CA. 2016 Calm & Complex, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA. Miami Context, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL. Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA. Arden Gallery Solo Exhibition, Boston, MA. Context NY, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, New York, NY. Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Art Market SF, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA. 2015 Miami Context, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL. Art Silicon Valley, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Mateo, CA. Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA Pan Amsterdam Fair, Etienne Gallery, Oisterwijk Netherlands 2014 Campton Gallery, New York, NY. Miami Context, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL. Etienne Gallery, Oisterwijk, Netherlands. Arden Gallery, Boston, MA. Art Silicon Valley, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Mateo, CA. Art South Hampton, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Water Mill, NY. Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA. 2013 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Whitewave Gallery, Seoul, Korea. 2012 Campton Gallery, New York, NY. Etienne Gallery, Oisterwijk, Netherlands. 2011 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA. Campton Gallery, New York, NY. 2010 Red Dot Art Fair, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL. 2009 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Etienne & Van den Doel, Oisterwijk, Netherlands. 2008 Red Dot Art Fair, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL. 2007 Etienne & Van den Doel, Oisterwijk, Netherlands. Campton Gallery, New York, NY. Arden Gallery, Boston, MA. 2006 Caldwell Snyder, San Francisco, CA. 2005 Campton Gallery, New York, NY. 2004 New York Contemporary, Greenwich, NY. Arden Gallery, Boston, MA. Brighams Gallery, Nantucket, MA. Campton Gallery, New York, NY. 2003 Arden Gallery, Boston, MA. Trajan Gallery, Carmel, CA. Brighams Gallery, Nantucket, MA 2002 Campton Gallery, New York, NY Arden Gallery, Boston, MA. Art Miami Art Fair, Miami, FL. 2001 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NC. 2000 Campton Gallery, New York, NY Arden Gallery, Boston, MA.
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Education BFA, Meadowbank College, Sydney, Australia. Graphic Design, Randwick College, Sydney, Australia. Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions 2019 LA Art Fair, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Art Market San Francisco, Caldwell Snyder Gallery Recent Paintings, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco 2018 35th Anniversary Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2018 Art Market San Francisco, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, SF, CA 2018 Recent Paintings, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA. 2017 Recent Paintings, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, SF, CA. Art Market San Francisco, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, SF, CA. 2016 Calm & Complex, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA. Miami Context, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL. Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA. Arden Gallery Solo Exhibition, Boston, MA. Context NY, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, New York, NY. Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Art Market SF, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA. 2015 Miami Context, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL. Art Silicon Valley, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Mateo, CA. Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA Pan Amsterdam Fair, Etienne Gallery, Oisterwijk Netherlands 2014 Campton Gallery, New York, NY. Miami Context, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL. Etienne Gallery, Oisterwijk, Netherlands. Arden Gallery, Boston, MA. Art Silicon Valley, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Mateo, CA. Art South Hampton, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Water Mill, NY. Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA. 2013 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Whitewave Gallery, Seoul, Korea. 2012 Campton Gallery, New York, NY. Etienne Gallery, Oisterwijk, Netherlands. 2011 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA. Campton Gallery, New York, NY. 2010 Red Dot Art Fair, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL. 2009 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Etienne & Van den Doel, Oisterwijk, Netherlands. 2008 Red Dot Art Fair, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL. 2007 Etienne & Van den Doel, Oisterwijk, Netherlands. Campton Gallery, New York, NY. Arden Gallery, Boston, MA. 2006 Caldwell Snyder, San Francisco, CA. 2005 Campton Gallery, New York, NY. 2004 New York Contemporary, Greenwich, NY. Arden Gallery, Boston, MA. Brighams Gallery, Nantucket, MA. Campton Gallery, New York, NY. 2003 Arden Gallery, Boston, MA. Trajan Gallery, Carmel, CA. Brighams Gallery, Nantucket, MA 2002 Campton Gallery, New York, NY Arden Gallery, Boston, MA. Art Miami Art Fair, Miami, FL. 2001 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NC. 2000 Campton Gallery, New York, NY Arden Gallery, Boston, MA.
Biography

Paul Balmer continues his deep exploration of cityscapes while venturing into still-life and abstraction. He trains his eye on San Francisco as well as his longtime subject of New York, capturing iconic skyscrapers and their surrounding cast of supporting structures with improvisational linework, vivid and moody colors, and raw, beautiful surfaces. Nature and leisure often filter into his skylines, the water visible in the distance, full of floating-triangle sailboats: calmness and complexity interwoven.

The same words characterize his monumental, vibrant still-lifes: while the scenes are breezy and serene, their balance of pattern, color, and form is intricate and sophisticated. In fact, though Balmer’s paintings are full of action, their tone is often tranquil. His recent abstractions, created last winter in the Dominican Republic, a setting whose slower pace reminded him of his childhood in South Africa, are densely layered, inspired by clear night skies, changing seasons, and lunar cycles. Though their surfaces are “scratched, scraped, and sanded,” he notes that they refer to a “happy, simple way of life.”

Like Cézanne and Pierre Bonnard, two of his important influences, Balmer prioritizes color, light, and perspective. The style he has invented draws on influences ranging from tribal art to impressionism to expressionist masters like Kandinsky and Paul Klee, pulling an essence of feeling from each tradition. “My paintings are not meant to be an exact depiction, but rather an ‘impression’ of a place,” he has said. “I hope the viewer can get a ‘feeling’ or a visceral sense…perhaps even a subconscious connection to that scene.”

Setting out from his South African origins, Balmer studied fine art in Sydney, Australia, and has described his 1999 move to New York as a turning point. He has received praise in Vanity Fair and ARTNews, among others; exhibited at galleries and art fairs in the U.S. and internationally; and placed his work in numerous private collections.