My work is an attempt to capture a topography—a terrain, either of the land or of the human face, that never quite existed and yet has always been there. These are places and figures where I begin to arrive at an answer, and then find myself entering into a new geography of further questions. I see my paintings as thresholds that pull us out of ourselves and at the same time connect us to the deep processes of the earth and of our shared human experience.
While my paintings are attempts to make incarnate something beyond, they are also deeply concerned with matter, with materiality. I find refuge in the materials themselves—paint, chalk, stains, plywood, mortar, plaster, burlap, twine, canvas. And I find refuge, as well, in sanding and grinding, in welding with a cement wash, to blend the fragmentary materials, to hide the seams, and to thus create unified compositions. These compositions are hinges between the figurative and the non-figurative, the concrete and the illusory. I want to find in the materials themselves an interrelatedness, and to reveal those connections in the paintings. I am seeking to make meaning, both for myself and for those regarding my work as well. To evoke in us, upon that threshold, the sense of being both displaced and known.
Texas artist Paul Meyer has a BFA from the University of Texas with an emphasis on painting and sculpture. His paintings are constructed with materials such as concrete, burlap, resin, wood, paint and canvas which ultimately lend themselves to possessing highly textured and sculptural qualities.
Paul's work has been featured in The New York Times, Texas Monthly, One King's Lane, Elle Decor and multiple online magazine publications. Private collectors include acclaimed interior designer Darryl Carter, Page Home Design, Georgia Brown, Big Daddy's and HGTV.
Paul Meyer's studio is in Houston, Texas, where he lives with his family.