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Meet Paul Nabuurs

Paul was born in Newmarket, ON and was lucky enough to meet his high school art teacher who transformed his life and instilled a passion for painting. After high-school Paul attended The Ontario College of Art (now O.C.A.D.U) where he began to develop his skills while painting mainly in watercolour. After moving to Peterborough and raising a family with his wife, Paul began to focus his efforts on his practice again but now using acrylics and honing a strong personal style. Paul is now a full time artist working out of his Peterborough studio and selling his works to clients across Canada and internationally. He offers commissions and is now teaching at various art schools and private workshops.

EXHIBITION LIST

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SOLO SHOWS

2016 “Above Water – Paintings by Paul Nabuurs “ – Southampton Arts Centre, Southampton ON.
2015 “Here to There “ – Impresario Art Gallery, Cobourg ON.
2013 “Recent Work of Paul Nabuurs” – The Patrick House Gallery, Aurora ON.

GROUP SHOWS

2016 “Fall Member Show” – Gallery in the Attic, Peterborough ON.
2016 “25 Year Anniversary Show for 4th Line Theatre” – Black Honey, Peterborough ON.
2016 “Artist Network Preview Show” – Amsterdam Brewery, Toronto ON.
2016 “A Contrast of View-Two-man Show” – Ashburnham Ale House, Peterborough ON.
2015 “Art Battle Winners Show” – Hashtag Gallery, Toronto ON.
2015 “Spring Member Show” – Gallery in the Attic, Peterborough ON.
2015 “Maple Syrup Arts Festival -Spirit of the Hills Juried Show” – AH! Gallery, Warkworth, ON.
2014 “Nu Work Magazine Presents” – Impresario Gallery, Cobourg ON.
2014 “E.C.O.A.A. Members Fall Show” – Algonquin Park Visitor Centre, Algonquin Park ON.
2014 “Spirit of the Hills Members Show” – Rails End Gallery, Port Hope ON.

ART FAIRS / OUTDOOR SHOWS

2017 Artist Project – Toronto, ON
2016 Kawartha Arts Fest – Fenelon Falls, ON
2016 Riverdale Art Walk – Toronto, ON
2016 Warkworth Art in the Park – Warkworth, ON.
2015 Kawartha Arts Fest – Fenelon Falls, ON.
2015 Oakville Art in the Park – Oakville, ON.
2015 Riverdale Art Walk – Toronto, ON.
2015 Warkworth Art in the Park – Warkworth, ON.
2014 Queen West Art Crawl – Toronto, ON.
2014 North York Art Walk – Toronto, ON.
2014 Oakville Art in the Park – Oakville, ON.
2014 Fairy Lake Arts Festival – Newmarket, ON
2014 Riverdale Art Walk – Toronto, ON.
2014 Warkworth Art in the Park – Warkworth, ON.
2014 Pelham Art Show – Pelham, ON.
2013 Oakville Art in the Park – Oakville, ON.
2013 Lions Waterfront Art Show – Cobourg, ON
2013 Fairy Lake Arts Festival – Newmarket, ON.
2013 Warkworth Art in the Park – Warkworth, ON.

EVENTS

2016 Artist in Residence at The Southampton Arts Centre – Southampton, ON.
2014 Art Battle Canada – National Championship Finalist – Mattaway Centre(formerly M.L.G.

EDUCATION

Fine Art | Ontario College of Art

“I never know when I will come across a scene that perks my interest. It can just as easily be walking down a city street and turning to see the light hitting a wall or bridge in a special way as it can be walking down a trail in Algonquin Park and happening upon a small pond reflecting a sunset.”

Artist Statement

Paul Nabuurs’ paintings capture the way light interacts with solid forms affecting the colour and patterns created in a n ever changing environment. Using bold colour and a direct approach to the application, his technique draws a viewer’s attention inside the painting and allows a moment in time, to be appreciated and absorbed. Inspiration for Paul’s work comes from a variety of sources. Landscapes have been a staple with depictions of quintessential Ontario scenes. Paul also enjoys focusing on unique perspectives and zeroing in on a particular scene to create an element of abstraction in the piece. However, his subject matter isn’t restricted to the natural world. Cityscapes and large industrial structures have been explored in previous work as well. “I never know when I will come across a scene that perks my interest. It can just as easily be walking down a city street and turning to see the light hitting a wall or bridge in a special way as it can be walking down a trail in Algonquin Park and happening upon a small pond reflecting a sunset.” Either way, the painting that follows attempts to transport the viewer to that place in time and convey the emotion and connection the artist was experiencing.