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PAUL NUDD | images | artist resume | WX shows: 2014 | 2011 | 2009 | 2007 | 2005

b. 1976 Harpenden, England
Lives and works in Berwyn, IL

Paul Nudd’s prolific output is not just a symptom of how he uses his time, but a central motif in the work itself, keeping with its unchanging central themes: primal sludge, growth and disease, systems of classification, mutation and life, patterning and mark making. Nudd’s figure drawings are cartoonishly terrifying mutants, alien/human mash-ups besotted with tumors, warts, lesions, growths, male and female genitalia and mis-placed pubic hair. A sub-series of new drawings are smaller, less developed adolescents or juveniles, still in the process of mutating through exaggerated physical characteristics of puberty.

Paul Nudd’s mixed-media paintings on canvas offer up images of head-like entities emerging from colorful thick swaths of paint. Nudd refers to the tightly composed textures as "material cannibalism" - an enclosed system using highly specific, yet arbitrary materials. Nine new videos presented on vintage monitors denote a return to lo-fi form, now with significant color shifts, shorter cuts, and faster editing, creating endless cycles of spastic rupturing of gunk and goo.

"While often Nudd pursues more scatological and grisly possibilities, his work here is more enthralled with the inexorable dictates of nature, with the fascinating repulsive/attractive universe you find when you turn over a rock, all ratcheted up here a few notches in scale and color. If the body is a temple, Nudd offers it as crumbling and collapsing, as an amazing remnant soon to be food for very busy worms.” - James Yood, art ltd, 2011

Paul Nudd’s solo and two-person shows include Bourouina Gallery in Berlin, Hap Gallery in Portland, OR, Jack the Pelican Presents in Brooklyn, telephonebooth in Kansas City, and Chicago venues such as the Hyde Park Art Center, Bodybuilder & Sportsmen, Dogmatic, and Seeing Is a Kind of Thinking: A Jim Nutt Companion at the Museum of Contemporary Art. His prodigious zine work can be found in several national artist book collections including the Museum of Modern Art; Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; New Jersey Public Library; National Academy of Design, New York; Indiana University and School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has curated shows at Antena, Dogmatic Butchershop and Western Exhibitions (all in Chicago), and his work has been written about in the Chicago Tribune, art ltd, Modern Painters, New American Paintings and New City. Abraham Ritchie, writing in ArtSlant called his recent curatorial effort, Heads on Poles, organized with Scott Wolniak, “the Inadvertent Chicago Biennial”. Paul Nudd received his MFA from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2001 and he lives and works in Berwyn, Illinois.




Loose Madoosa
Ink, watercolor, colored pencil, gouache, acrylic, pencil on paper
93 x 42 inches