Fading beauty, death coming near.
In his recent solo shows at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Paris and Daniel Reich Gallery in New York, and now at London's prestigious Maureen Paley gallery, Canadian artist Paul P. has presented lovely, almost anachronistic studies of young men as memento mori to their fading beauty. "When Ghost meets Ghost," his first one-man show at Maureen Paley is named after decadent British aristocrat Stephen Tennant's ruminations in his journal after seeing a bust made of his well-photographed features by scrappy American sculptor Jacob Epstein.
"When I am dead and forgotten," mused Tennant, "its loveliness will live, gazing back into time - when Ghost meets Ghost." The handsome, dreamy eyed young men in Paul P's pastel drawings and delicate paintings have a long way to go until mortality begins etching itself on their faces, but thankfully Paul P. has captured their fleeting loveliness before it even starts to fade.