Fascinated by the fictional nature of history and how it is perpetuated, Paul Endres Jr.’s work commemorates the history of The American Burden, an epic dystopian narrative of his own creation. Replete with satirical characters and absurd situations, the paintings celebrate contradiction, synthesizing visual and conceptual polarities, such as a mythic quest for doughnuts or an assassination flanked with hot pink smoke. Canonical (and morally dubious) history painters like Jacques Louis David, James Joyce’s Ulysses, and 90’s era superhero comic books are a few of Endres’ many diverse inspirations and references.
Paul’s work can be found in many private collections as well as the Grand Rapids Museum of Art in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the Memorial Hall Library in Andover Massachusetts. In 2013 Paul received an Emerging Artist Award from the St. Botolph Club Foundation, as well as a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship Award (2012) and the Springborn Fellowship (2010). The Boston Globe featured Paul and his work in 2011 article, "High Five: Five Young Artists to Watch".
Paul has taught figure painting as a Graduate Teaching Fellow at the S.M.F.A., Boston, and various painting and drawing courses at the Essex Art Center in Lawrence, MA. Paul and the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, MA.
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