PAUL NUECKEL: RECENT WORKS
FEBRAUARY 28 - MARCH 29, 2020
OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 3-6 PM
Having developed skills such as painting, photography, and screen printing as a student at Cooper Union it was his work as a decorative painter for a large NYC company where Paul Nueckel developed the vocabulary of graphic motifs that we see in this recent body of work. While producing commercially viable historically accurate stencils, he also developed ideas related to his personal life which is the type of work he is currently engaged in. He credits his teacher Will Barnet for helping him understand how shapes, forms and colors are linked to his personal expression. But, it was his work as an art therapist where he gained a deeper understanding of the power of primitive form.
The works in this show at 510 Warren Street Gallery are created with bright colorful primitive and contemporary forms, flat graphic images that are full of visual texture. Nueckel admires the contemporary artist Phillip Taaffe but, in his own work, chooses imagery that alludes to psychological and societal aspects of our times. We find motifs such as lace, keys and leaves that reference layers of meaning beyond the purely visual and what makes the viewer’s experience richer while connecting with the work. The technique of reverse painting on plexiglass and glass helps these images to pop and the viewer is drawn deeper into the layers of the work.