Paul deGroot

Biography

Paul deGroot was born in the Netherlands but moved to Canada at an early age and currently based in Calgary.

Paul started art school at the Kootenay College along with good friend, Chris Cran. Both Paul and Chris then moved to Calgary to finish their degrees at  the Alberta College of Art, (now the Alberta University of Art). Paul  continued to work in his home studio but hasn’t exhibited since graduating, instead concentrating on raising a family and running a business.

Paul’s current work is rooted in the photorealist genre, though not in the strictest sense. The paintings, executed in oil, are based on personal photographs, chosen intuitively, which are generally photoshopped or manipulated in some manner before translating them to canvas. The subject matter consists of everyday scenes, such as buildings, street scenes, vehicles, figures, etc. that are often perceived as ordinary or unremarkable in themselves. Although mostly painted monochromatically, colour always plays an important role in the paintings.

The work is influenced by an interest in the ordinary, everyday world, and in trying to make some sense of it.

Born: 1951 Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Lives in Calgary AB

 

Education:

1975 – 76            Kootenay School of Art, Nelson B.C.

1976 – 79            Alberta College of Art, Calgary AB (Honours Diploma in Printmaking)

 

Scholarships:

1976, 1977, 1978 Helen Pitt Foundation Grants

1978 – Alberta College of Art Printmaking Scholarship

1979 – Alberta College of Art, St Michael’s Printshop Scholarship

                (Three weeks independent study at St Michael’s Printshop, St Michael’s NL.)

 

Exhibitions:

2020 – “HK Winter 2020 Group Show”, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary, AB             

1977 – “Albertawork” – University of Calgary Gallery (juried show)

1979 – “Young Calgary Printmakers” – Group Show – Chicago Heights, IL

1979 – 3 Person Show – Kootenay School of Art gallery, Nelson BC

1979 – 3 Person Show – Muttart Gallery, Calgary AB

1980 – “Some Drawings by Some Albertans” – ACA Gallery (juried show)

1984 – The Summer Show – Lemarchand Gallery, Edmonton (invitational show)

 

Collections:

Alberta Art Foundation

NOVA, An Alberta Corporation  

Herringer Kiss Gallery

101, 1615 10 Ave SW
Calgary, AB T3C 0J7
P: 403.228.4889
F: 403.228.4809

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