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Paul Burgoyne

Born in Winnipeg Manitoba Canada, Paul’s interest in art stems back to early childhood. He is self-taught in just about all mediums, developing his skills from instructional publications and copying the works of old masters. In early 2011 Paul turned to art as his sole livelihood and opened a large studio in Vancouver British Columbia. Continued: From early childhood Paul suffered severe nearsightedness and dyslexia, the latter one, not a well understood condition, which remained a mystery for most of his life. These factors led to acute learning disabilities, which he battled throughout his early development; however, his inability to see beyond his reach, combined with the humiliation associated with being an outcast may have been what led to the development of his artistic interests. Art did not require that he could see a blackboard, or read at the same speed as his classmates. He could withdraw into his own world where he did not have to compete with children who were better equipped. Art class was one place where Paul could regain some of his pride and there was no question among his peers as to who ruled that roost. Regardless of his artistic skills, formal training in art was never an option in the eyes of his parents even though Paul’s mother had a profound appreciation for the arts. The hardships and austerity of the Great Depression and World War II, right or wrong, had profoundly influenced their belief that a person needed practical skills and regardless of Paul’s ability; any discussion was always dispelled as ridiculous and at the time Paul was convinced it was so. Upon completing his education in business, his first job was selling IBM office machines; however, within a year, Paul had followed his parents’ lead and ventured out on his own, opening his first business as a textile agent representing Montreal clothing manufactures throughout the Canadian Prairie Provinces. Paul knew nothing of fashion when he started but overcoming his own challenges had left him with some unusually useful skill-sets. By this time in life, he had long since given up trying to assimilate information in conventional ways. By the time he had turned 8, Paul had had several IQ tests, which had all suggested that he had an above average intellect but none were able to offer a diagnosis. Being that no one understood his condition, he was left to his own devices, which he would admit, was a mix of trial and error and dogged determination. To this day, he does not understand exactly how or why he absorbs certain types of information expelling others or why he enjoys technical manuals yet has only been able to endure one or two fictional novels in his lifetime, or why projects that seem frightening to most others are engaging and intuitive to him. Regardless of what triggered it, Paul became somewhat of a renaissance man and in addition to remaining self-employed throughout his business career he changed his vocation no less than eight times. From selling office machines, to manufacture’s agent, to ladies-wear retailer, to clothing designer, to mortgage broker, to commercial real estate agent, to spending the last 10 years prior to becoming an artist, as a real estate developer, a consultant to the telecommunication industry and fulfilling a life long dream of manually building his home from the ground up. In addition to his art, his life was a plethora of hobbies from music, to boat building, to art collecting, to windsurfing, all of which he took seriously. Not all of his endeavors were financially successful but he always had the admiration and financial backing of others for having bold creative ideas and an almost blind sense of self-confidence. Paul’s dream of becoming an artist full time finally started to fall into place. After three years of digging holes and swing a hammer their home was completed in early 2011. At about the same time his daughter Jayne graduated from college, at which time, Paul declared himself an artist in perpetuity, as that single goal had always been his lifelong ambition. Although sporadic at times, Paul had never put down his paintbrush for very long or ever lost sight of his artistic aspirations. Despite his questionable financial reserves on November 2011, he rolled the dice one more time, opening his 1200 square foot studio in an artists warehouse in Vancouver British Columbia, Canada. In spite of his lack of formal training, Paul is serious about his work and determined to leave his mark on the art world and has no intention of fading into the sunset. He feels that his pent up enthusiasm, work ethic, natural adaptation skills and technical savvy will keep his work fresh and meaningful in a contemporary art market. Paul is not at all daunted by his lack of formal training as he feels that his entire history has culminate to perform this one important role. No one can be sure how his life experiences will influence his artistic future but without question, the cat is out of the bag.


Works by Paul Burgoyne



The Flicks


Pool Party

Twelve French Flavors




The Creeks

Too Bad She Smokes

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