Paul deGroot Biography
Paul deGroot was born in the Netherlands but moved to Canada at an early age and is currently based in Calgary.
Paul started art school at 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 the Arts), where Paul’s nickname became “the forger”. Paul continued to work in his home studio but did not exhibit until recently. Last year Paul had his first solo show at the Herringer Kiss Gallery which was a critical and commercial success. He has had two works purchased by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and numerous to private collections.
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
1975 – 76 Kootenay School of Art, Nelson B.C.
1976 – 79 Alberta College of Art, Calgary AB (Honours Diploma in Printmaking)
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.)
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)
Alberta Art Foundation
NOVA, An Alberta Corporation