My three dimensional work has its origins in a metal sculpture studio class, where I became fascinated with the volumetric shapes I could conjure up using wire mesh. I relish the sense of childlike discovery that comes with the construction and evolution of these pieces.
The work relies both on intent and serendipity. In some cases the shapes are abstractions inspired by natural world (the “reef fish” series); more often I rely on the form itself to inspire decisions about media, color and texture.
The joy for me in creating my sculptural work comes from the process of experimentation: often using unexpected materials to reveal something new about each form. My goal is to create compelling visual associations for viewers, with the hope that they come away with more questions than answers.
Paul G. Cunningham splits his time between Washington, DC and Provincetown, MA. He has studied art at the George Washington University Corcoran School of Art and Design; the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM); the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center; and the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill in Truro, MA. His work has been exhibited at the Watergate Gallery in Washington, DC; the Bethesda Writer's Center in Maryland; Member’s exhibitions at PAAM; and at Artomatic DC.
Washington Post Art Critic Mark Jenkins highlighted Paul’s work among the 600 contributors to the DC area’s 2017 Artomatic Arts Festival, writing “Some of the most engaging pieces are 3-D…Paul G. Cunningham crafts curving, brightly hued geometric forms that appear rubbery but are actually mesh and pigment. They twist and pop at the same time.”