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Paul Laffoley, The Number Dream

Paul Laffoley, The Number Dream (1968), oil, acrylic and vinyl lettering on canvas [Henry Art Gallery, Seattle WA, Apr 6-Sep 15] Courtesy: Kent Fine Art, New York

Paul Laffoley: Premonitions of the Bauharoque

Henry Art Gallery
Seattle WA – Apr 6-Sep 15, 2013

Paul Laffoley’s unique artistic approach stems from many overlapping interests that have co-existed throughout his career. This visionary artist and architect borrows from a plethora of philosophies and schools of thought to construct his dense, information-laden paintings, which often have spiritual undertones.

Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he moved to New York in 1962 where he was recruited by Andy Warhol to view late-night television. In 1965, Laffoley made his first painting in his mature style. Visually he borrows compositional elements from Eastern mandalas, while his high-contrast colours and clean edges create a reverberating effect reminiscent of Op Art and psychedelia.

Paul Laffoley, Mind-Body Alpha

Paul Laffoley, Mind-Body Alpha (1989), oil, acrylic and vinyl lettering on canvas [Henry Art Gallery, Seattle WA, Apr 6-Sep 15] Courtesy: Kent Fine Art, New York

This, his first solo show on the West Coast, includes 12 major pieces from throughout his career, each of which took one to three years to complete. Laffoley’s interest in things like the cosmos, utopianism, time travel, quantum theory and dimensionality creates a visual system where conceptual text is organized within mesmerizing patterning.

This innovative fusion of disciplines renders Laffoley’s work truly one-of-a-kind. Phrases like “The Open Channel to Absolute Truth” are inscribed in his diagram-like paintings, carefully merging words and symbols into tight visual arrangements that seem to graph a metaphysical notion about the relativity of the mind body experience.

Allyn Cantor

Paul Laffoley, Utopia: Time Cast as a Voyage-History

Paul Laffoley, Utopia: Time Cast as a Voyage-History (1974), oil, acrylic and vinyl lettering on canvas [Henry Art Gallery, Seattle WA, Apr 6-Sep 15] Courtesy: Kent Fine Art, New York


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