Biography

Paul Chojnowski’s work has evolved over the years through an early period of geometric abstraction to incorporate his figurative academic training. Throughout his career a distinguishing characteristic has been the use of nontraditional media and tools in his art making. His current work, images burned into paper and wood evolved as a result of his conscious effort to embrace art historical traditions while rejecting the traditional processes. Chojnowski began burning and scorching wood and paper to create his images in the early 1990’s.  

 

Since then, his fire drawings have been shown in group and solo exhibitions in art centers, museums and galleries nationally. His work was part of the set decoration on the Scott Hicks film No Reservations, starring Catherine Zeta-Jone and Aaron Eckhart and the Nancy Meyers film It's Complicated starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin. A documentary titled AGLOW about his life has been shown at film festivals around North America recently.

 

In 2013 Chojnowski's work was part of exhibitions titled illuminators at OK Harris Works of Art and SUB urban at Smart Clothes Gallery both located in New York. He was selected to be the first Artist in Residence at WATERFIRE Sharon, in western Pennsylvania where an exhibition of his fire drawings took place in October 2013. In 2014 his work was selected for the inaugural exhibition Figuring In at the Berkshire Artist Museum in North Adams, Massachusetts, home of MASS MoCA. In the autumn a fire drawing acquired by the University of Arizona Art Museum will be part of the exhibition  A Continuing Legacy: Gallagher Purchases.

 

During the summer and fall of 2015 his work was in the first exhibition at the Fresh Paint Gallery, part of the Berkshire Artist Museum in North Adams, Massachusetts and in WAVELENGTH: THE ART OF LIGHT at the University of Arizona Museum of Art in Tuscun.  It was followed by a solo exhibition titled New and Selected Work at the C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts in Cumberland, Maryland that opened in October. 

 

In 2016 the Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson, NY mounted a solo show titled Paper, Plywood & Light. During the summer Bright Ideas Brewing in North Adams, MA hosted an exhibition his Infrastructure Series.  Both exhibitions featured new drawings on plywood and illuminated drawings on paper.

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Recent group exhibitions include Landscapes: Capturing the View at Carrie Haddad Gallery in 2018 and Multiplicity at the James Gallery in Pittsburgh.

 

Solo Exhibitions

2016  Infrastructure Series, Bright Ideas Brewing, North Adams, MA

          Paper, Plywood & Light Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

2015 New and Selected Work, C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts, Cumberland, MD

2013 Fire Drawings, James E. Winner Jr. Arts Culture Center, Sharon, PA

2012 NIGHT I LIGHT, James Gallery, Pittsburgh

2011 Searchlights & other works Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

2008 Town and Country, Hubert Gallery, New York

          Selected Work, Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta

2007 Natural and Unnatural Disasters, Kidder Smith Gallery, Boston

2005 More Pictures About Buildings and Food, Naoussa Gallery, Tyringham, MA

2004 New Work, Jeffrey Coploff Fine Art Ltd, New York

         New Work, PLUM Gallery, Williamstown, MA

         Nudes and Nocturnes, Smart Duval Gallery, Aspen 

2003 Threadlines, Naoussa Gallery, Tyringham, MA collaborations Scott Sandell

2002 Selections, Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport Atrium Gallery

2001 Revealed by Fire, Bridgewater/Lustberg & Blumenfeld Gallery, New York

          and Macon & Co. Fine Art, Atlanta

2000 New Work, Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago

          New Work, Spencertown Academy, Spencertown, NY

          New Work, Macon & Co. Fine Art, Atlanta

1999 Bridgewater/Lustberg & Blumenfeld Gallery, New York

1997 Macon & Co. Fine Art, Atlanta

1996 Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum, LaGrange, GA

1995 AGIARY, Macon & Co. Fine Art, Atlanta, collaboration with Kevin Haller

         Albany Museum of Art, Albany, GA, collaboration with Kevin Haller

1993 Macon & Co. Fine Art, Atlanta

          Berkshire Artisans Gallery, Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA

1991 Butters Gallery, Portland, OR

1989 Butters Gallery, Portland, OR

 

Group Exhibitions  

2019 Multiplicity, James Gallery, Pittsburgh

         Sky Bowl, A3 Gallery, Amherst, MA

2018 Landscapes: Capturing the View Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

2015 Fresh Paint Gallery in the Berkshire Artist Museum, North Adams, MA

          Fence Select, Arts Center of the Capital District, Troy NY

          WAVELENGTH: THE ART OF LIGHT, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tuscon

2014 Figuring In, Berkshire Artst Museum, North Adams, MA

2013 SUBurban, SMART CLOTHES Gallery, New York

           illuminators, OK Harris Works of Art, New York

          The Abstracted City, Hubert Gallery, New York

2012 WORKS ON PAPER, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

2011 BLACK & WHITE, Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco

2010 Pulp Friction, James Gallery, Pittsburgh

          Painted City, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

2009 Great Pretenders: An Exhibit of Art Fakery, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

2008 Turn and Burn, The Gilchrist Gallery, Cumberland, MD

2006  New Visions, The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA

2005 NEW AMERICAN TALENT the twentieth exhibition, curated by Dan Cameron, 

         Arthouse, Austin, TX 

         Berkshire Biennale, The Contemporary Artists Center, North Adams, MA

         The City, Contemporary View of the Built Environment, Lehman College, New York

         Savoir Affair, Nemacolin Woodlands, Farmington, PA

         Mapped, from here to there, Margaret Thatcher Projects, NY

2004 Night New York, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, NY

          UNnatural, Full Spectrum Gallery, Lakewood, NJ

2003 flicker, Jeffrey Coploff Fine Art, New York

          FLORA, Plum Gallery, Williamstown, MA

          Painted City, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

2002 Hot Art: Burning Images, Paul Chojnowski, John Cage and Andrew Bennett

          University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson

          ON THE MOVE: Transportation Imagery in Art, Swan Coach Gallery, Atlanta

          FIREWORKS, 55 Mercer Gallery, New York

          Fire, KGA Compound, Houston

2001 BURN: Artists Play with Fire, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach

1999 Westside Inaugural Exhibition, Macon & Company Fine Art, Atlanta

1998 Ink Jet, Contemporary Artists Center, North Adams, MA

          Earthly Visions, Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, IL

          National Juried Exhibition, No BIAS Gallery, Bennington, VT

1997 National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts/Southern Arts Federation Fellowship              

          Exhibition, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art,  Winston-Salem, NC 

          New Artists, a baker’s dozen, Spazi Contemporary Art, Housatonic, MA

          Naked Landscape, Spazi Contemporary Art, Housatonic, MA

          New Prints, Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, IL

          Berkshire Photography, Contemporary Artists Center, North Adams, MA

          Figure 8, Spruill Center for the Arts, Atlanta 

1996 17 Days of Olympic Art, Hartsfield International Airport, Atlanta

          Texaco Olympic Art Exhibition, King Plow Art Center, Atlanta

          New American Talent, Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX

          New Prints, Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, IL

1995 Revival of the Figure, City Gallery East, Atlanta

          Vantage Point-Abstraction, Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, IL

1994 Brenau University National Invitational,  Gainesville, GA

          Art in Motion, Richards and Westbrook Galleries, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

1992 Printmakers, Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, IL

          Works on Paper, Trinity Gallery, Atlanta, GA 

1991 Naked People Show, 800 EAST, Atlanta, GA 

          LaGrange National XVI, Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum, LaGrange, GA

          Dwight Merrimon Davidson Print Exhibition, Elon College, Elon, NC

1990 Artists in Georgia, Albany Museum of Art, Albany, GA

1987 eARTh, Novus Gallery, Atlanta, GA

 

Grants, Awards and Commissions

2009 Work selected for the set of It's Complicated,a feature film by Nancy Meyers

2006 Work selected for the set of No Reservations, a feature film by Scott Hicks

2004 Emerging Artist, selected for publication in Art & Antiques Magazine

1998 Artist’s Resource Trust, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

1996 Visual Art Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts and the  Southern Arts Federation

         Award of Recognition, Contemporary Artists Center, North Adams, MA

         17 Days of Olympic Art, City of Atlanta, Bureau of Cultural Affairs

1994 Alternate Visions, National Endowment for the Arts with funding from the  Rockefeller and

          Andy Warhol Foundations 

          Individual Artist Grant, Georgia Council for the  Arts.

 

Bibliography

Wasseran, Nadine, "Paul Chojnowski's images are made with a propane torch," (review), Pittsburgh

      City Paper, 1/2/13   (reproductions)   

Shaw, Kurt, "Chojnowski's fleeting glances create memorable works of art," (review) Pittsburgh 

       Tribune, 12/15/13   (reproductions)       

Shaw, Keith, “Challenges in balancing light and shadow,” (review), Berkshires 

    Week, 7/26/12

Daniel, Ana “Nude,” PORTFOLIO, (essay) The Southampton Review, Volume VI

    No.2, Summer 2012 (reproductions)

McQuaid, Cate, “Brilliant drafting shines in Groz’s smaller works,” (review), 

   The Boston Globe, 8/9/07 (reproductions)

Newbound, Chris, “Coming to a Theater Near You”, (feature), 

   Berkshire Living, 7/07, (reproductions)

Koper, Rachel, “Oh, Give Me a Home,” (review), The Austin Chronicle, 7/1/05.

Chen, Alan, “New Contemporary Artists at Arthouse,” (review), austinist, 6/27/05.

Keeler, John, “Artwalk Exhibits now open,” (review), Register Star, Hudson, NY 10/04.

Brickman, David, “Bought and Sold,” (review), Metroland, Albany, NY 10/04

Pollock, Will, Emerging Artist, (feature),  Art & Antiques, 9/04, (reproductions)

Ernst, Eric, “Digital Works Proves Technology Liberates,” The Southampton Press 

   5/20/04 (reproduction)

Portwood, Pamela, “Smoke and Mirrors,” review, Tucson Weekly, 8/8/02.

Felf, Sophie, “Paul Chojnowski,” (review), The New Yorker, 9/25/01.

Cullum, Jerry, “Light and Darkness Revealed by Fire: Notes on the Work of Paul 

Chojnowski,” (catalog) 9/01 (reproductions).

Cook, Dan, “Creative Fire,” Free Times, Columbia, SC (feature), 7/01, (reproduction).

Watson, Neil, “Close Cover Before Striking,”(museum catalog), Norton Museum of Art   

4/01 (reproductions)

Schudel, Matt, “FIRE WORKS.” (review), The Sun Sentinel, 4/22/01

Helender, Bruce, “Burning Down the house,” (review), Palm Beach and The Naples Times, 

Summer ‘01

Russell, Candace, “How hot can you get?” (review), Fort Lauderdale Weekly,  5/22/01

Bonenti, Charles, “Selling Art in Cyberspace,” The Berkshire Eagle, 5/21/2000

Connally, Siobhan, “Paul Chojnowski - Playing With Fire,” (feature),The Artful Mind,  

3/5 00 (reproductions).

Bergman, J. Peter, “Chojnowski carries torch for art,” (review), The  Independent, 

4/13/00 (reproduction).

“new american PAINTINGS, No. 26’’ The Open Studios Press, 1/00, (reproductions).

Cullum, Jerry, “Last Chance,” (review), The Atlanta Journal Constitution, 2/25/00 

(reproduction).

Smolen, Marguerite, “The Printmaking Partnership,” (feature), Digital Fine Art  

Magazine, Summer 1999 (reproduction).

Rolph, Peter, “So Many Moods-Artistic Impressions of Seneca Lake,” (feature).    

The Pultney  Street Survey, Fall 1997 (reproduction) 

Fox, Catherine, “Paul Chojnowski adds color to his repertoire,” (review), The Atlanta   

Journal Constitution, 11/28/97 (reproduction).

Schaub, Eve, “No BIAS national juried exhibition,” Manchester Journal, 11/6/97.

Jette, Rosemary, “First Photo Show at CAC,” North Adams Transcript, 6/5/97.

Basney, Lionel, “Technolatry Unmasked.’’ (reproduction), The Other Side, June, 1997.

Patterson, Tom, “Several works stand out in fellowships exhibit,’’(review), 

  Winston-Salem Journal, 3/23/97.

THE SOURCE-Poetry and Artwork, Poets, Artists & Madman, 3/97, (reproductions).

“new american PAINTINGS, No. 19’’ The Open Studios Press, 2/97, (reproductions).

Laughinghouse, Amy, “Go Figure,’’ (review), Topside Loaf,  2/22/97.

Locke, Donald, “Group Effort- IVAC at City Gallery East,” (review),  Creative Loafing, 

   11/13/96 (reproduction).

Fox, Catherine, “Critic’s Notebook- IVAC at City Gallery East,” (review),The Atlanta 

   Journal Constitution, 11/15/96.

Close, Tim,  Essay for National Endowment for the Arts/Southern Arts Federation 1996 

Visual Arts Fellowship Catalogue, 1/96 (reproduction).

Price, Mark, “Fire Drawings,” (review), ART PAPERS, 8/96 (reproduction).

Schwartz, Carolan, “Agiary,”(review), ART PAPERS,  2/96 (reproduction). 

Philips, Lisa, “New American Talent,”(museum catalog), Texas Fine Art Association, 

   6/96  (reproduction).

 “17 Days of Olympic Art,”(catalogue), City of Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs.  7/96  

    (reproduction).

Cullum, Jerry, “Revival is anything but conventional,” (review), The Atlanta Journal 

   Constitution, 9/29/95 (reproduction).

Cullum, Jerry, “Fiery Agiary is a shining light,” (review), The Atlanta Journal Constitution, 

   9/22/95 (reproduction).

Morton, Victor, “Fire and Brimstone, Museum displays exhibit with flames an

    religious icons” (feature), The Albany Herald, 8/8/95 (reproductions).

Cullum, Jerry,  “Blowtorch technique conveys Chojnowski’s dark themes,” (review), 

   The Atlanta Journal Constitution, 11/7/93 (reproduction).

Matthews, Karen, “Atlanta artist with local ties has exhibit in Pittsfield gallery,” 

    (feature), The Advocate, 8/11/93 (reproductions).

“Artists in Georgia” (museum catalogue), The Albany Museum of Art, 11/90. 

Cook, Jay, “Paul Chojnowski at Butters,” (review), Reflex, 9/89.

Perry, Pam, “One Man’s Art,” (review), Creative Loafing,  4/3/90.

Perry, Pam, “Urban and Endangered Landscape,” (review), Creative Loafing, 12/8/87.

 

Selected Corporate Collections

Delta Airlines, Atlanta Merrill Lynch, Raleigh, NC

Koloa Hawaii, Inc., Honolulu, HI Clorox, Oakland, CA

Barnett Bank, Jacksonville, FL King & Spalding, Atlanta

Saks Fifth Avenue of America Kilpatrick, Stockton, LLP, Atlanta

Landmarks Group, Atlanta Johnson & Higgins, Los Angeles

Littler Mendelson, San Francisco Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, Chicago

First National Bank of Sycamore, IL Tektronix, Incorporated, Portland, OR

Gilreath & Associates, Nashville, TN Bruce & Associates, San Francisco

Gipson, Hoffman & Pancione, L. A. Rock and Leitz, PC, Atlanta

Fannie Mae, Atlanta Union Camp Corporation, Atlanta

Lewis Clark & Graham, Atlanta Sietro, Woodland Hills, CA

Hunton and Williams, Atlanta Shimizu, Incorporated, Atlanta

Snea Lauben, San Francisco Southernet, Atlanta

USAA Insurance Company, Tampa, FL Tucker Wayne, Atlanta

Atlanta Gas Light Company, Atlanta Halstead Industries, Greensboro, NC

Spectrum Equity Investors, Boston IXIS Asset Management, Boston

Endurance Specialty Insurance Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Boston, Hamilton, Bermuda        

Caldwell, Heggie & Helton, Chattanooga

 

Selected Public Collections

University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson

 

Hartsfield International Airport, Atlanta

 

Education

B.A., Hobart College, Geneva, NY

Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City