Paul Manes has never been one to conform to the artistic trends of the day. His inspirations come mostly from the past – Rembrandt, Velasquez, Goya, Cezanne, Pollock, Johns. His adept handling of oil paint allows for fluidity of style between abstraction and representation; the subject matter varies from foreshortened stacks of wood, to fighter planes, to tumbling stacks of bowls and complex fields of hexagonal nets. In each work, the artist provides the viewer with something new, powerful, and unequivocally “great.” Says Manes, “I paint both abstractions and figurative works. I make no distinctions, because what I am thinking of is space, light, and form.”
Manes has had an extensive career since studying at the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Hunter College (New York) in 1983. Domestically he has shown cross-country, in museums and galleries alike, including in Los Angeles, New York, Palm Beach, Atlanta, New Orleans, Beaumont, Austin, Dallas, and Houston. Internationally, Manes has exhibited in Milan, Monte Carlo, Rome, Paris, Bologna, and Munich, and most recently in Brussels, Belgium, in the epic, Painting After Postmodernism exhibition, curated by Barbara Rose. Manes’ work is frequently collected in both the public and private sectors, and can be found in the collections of: the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Art Museum of Southeast Texas; Yoko Ono and Emeril Lagasse. His monumental work, The Entry of Christ into New York, was most recently acquired for the lobby of the Brussels Hôtel de Ville (City Hall).