Paul D Gibson


Paul D Gibson
Acrylic on Linen

Born 1957, Paul D. Gibson started his artistic vision under the guidance of his Mother, Gerda, an immigrant from Paraguay, South America, who was a cake maker specializing in wedding cakes, “her artistic purity lives inside of me.”

Paul was educated at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA, in Architecture, where at the age of 22 he was offered a partnership at Greg Wilhelm AIA Architectural Firm, however, he decided to attend Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, receiving a BFA. Following his passion for arts, he decided to move to New York City. Paul received a full-time painting scholarship at the prestigious National Academy of Design in New York. Paul lived in New York for five years and became a believer in the visual arts and a collector of works on paper.

Paul moved to San Francisco in 1989, established a studio in the city and began teaching at the Academy of Art University, where he instructed students in the art of drawing for over 18 years.

Over the last several years Paul has exhibited widely, including at the Allan Stone Gallery, New York, SFFine Arts Fair, ARTMK, Art Hamptons, Red Dot, Art Basel Miami, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, LA Contemporary Art Show, San Diego Fine Arts Show, Art Silicon Valley, Triton Museum, Arthaus, George Krevsky Gallery, Melissa Morgan Fine Arts Palm Desert, New Museum Los Gatos, Firehouse Art Center Pleasanton, and at the Andrea Schwartz Gallery, where he has had five solo shows. His work can be found in many private and public collections which include the National Building Museum Washington DC, Achenbach Collection SFA Museum, 9’ Public Bronze Sculpture, 77 Van Ness Street, San Francisco, and the Seven Bridges Foundation, CT.

He is currently working on an 18’ bronze sculpture monument for VMware “impossible is possible,” Palo Alto, CA. Paul also recently showed three life-size portraits “3 Lawyers” at Rocking Horse Gallery North Beach, CA as part of a group show with artists Joan Brown, Manuel Neri, Gustavo Rivera, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Brian Wall.

Paul and his wife Sharon are avid collectors of works on paper and paintings with more than 150 works in their collection. His home is an art sanctuary with works by Lucian Freud, Paul Wonner, Chris Brown, Kathy Kollwitz, Gustavo Rivera, Manuel Neri, Raymond Staprans, John Sloan, Jerome Witkin, Susan Hauptman, and many others.

He states: “I am a painter of spatial ambiguity, picture plane, perceptual perspective and representation of space, creating pictures from the art of history.”

Paul works and lives with his wife in San Francisco, California, where they raised four children now living in London, NYC, and SF.

Artist’s Statement

My current work focuses on ordinary objects, light, shadow, settings and perspectives that depart in varying degrees from how they typically exist or are experienced. The compositions shift everyday expectations in unconventional ways, the portrayals purposefully intended to stimulate, engage and even challenge viewers to resolve the settings and get comfortable with new rules of engaging their surroundings. At times, arrangements are distorted, balanced in impossible ways, or float in space against abstracted backgrounds. No matter how far truth may be stretched, reality and fantasy still combine in reasonably believable ways. Every scenario remains accessible enough for anyone to step into the action, become part of the plan, contemplate the larger narrative, and hopefully be intrigued by visual adventures they may have never encountered before.