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Paul Kittelson (b. 1959 South Dakota) has called Houston home for thirty years. He received his BFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara (1982) and his MFA from The University of Houston (1985). His work is in the permanent collections of The New Museum, New York, the Menil Collection and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He has served on the faculty of the University of Houston since 1992. His varied conceptions range from the storied life-sized Stegosaurus which once lurked near Montrose Boulevard, the lighted Beacons marking the passage of Buffalo Bayou near Sam Houston Park, and a recently opened Metro station on Houston’s eastside. Two hallmarks distinguish his work: a boundless variety of materials and good humor. Kittelson gathers traditional and unusual media for his current exhibition. Alongside pencil and paper drawings, free-standing and wall-dependent sculptures include concrete, aluminum Con-tact paper, vinyl, charcoal briquettes and even a rubber chicken. Easy wit informs each piece, reflected in guileless depictions of suburban yards and Home Depot displays. With titles which are wry but rarely biting, Kittelson’s work simultaneously critiques consumer culture (and ensuing environmental destruction) and moribund traditions of still life and landscape.

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Dancing Cloud, 2015
Pencil and aluminum on paper
Work: 12 x 9 in (30.48 x 22.86 cm)
Frame: 15 x 12 in (38.1 x 30.48 cm)
Courtesy of artist and Devin Borden Gallery

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Paul Kittelson
Dancing Cloud
  • Dimensions
    12 x 9 in (30.48 x 22.86 cm)