Paul Lorenz Places Original Art at 45 Rockefeller Center

Paducah Artist, Paul Lorenz

When Lower Town artist Paul Lorenz received the commission for a 4’6” X 16’ painting to hang at 45 Rockefeller Center in New York, he didn’t worry much about how he would work on the huge piece in his average size studio or even how he would get it to its final destination. It was, after all, Rockefeller Center and Paul is in the habit of shipping his work all over the world.
 
The architect for Sports Club/LA at 45 Rockefeller Center was familiar with Paul’s work and submitted his name to the owners as they were trying to choose an artist to create the club- defining piece. Paul learned in June 2006 that he had been chosen from a group of 20 artists. He also learned that the dimensions requested by the club owners were quite a bit larger than anything he had done before.
“The piece took up one whole wall of my studio and consumed just about all the visual space in the building from July to November,” Paul said. “You couldn’t walk in without your eyes being drawn to it.”
 
He was able to purchase the canvas from Paducah Tent & Awning on Broadway and he ordered stretcher bars from a company in Canada. Craters and Freighters, a trucking company, picked up the painting in late November and took it to New York for framing.
 
The painting, titled “Tomorrow with Vortex and Ochre,” hangs in the public lobby of 45 Rockefeller Center near the entrance to Sports Club/LA where it is viewed by approximately 5,000 people daily. Originally from Chicago, Paul earned a degree in architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He has studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of California, Berkeley, and the International School of Art in Montecastello di Vibio, Italy. He was an instructor in the MFA program at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where he continues to teach on-line classes on their cyber campus.
 
Incentives offered by Paducah Bank were instrumental in Paul’s decision to move to Paducah from California in 2003 as part of the Artist’s Relocation Program. Paul and partner Louis Lovera purchased adjacent properties on North 7th Street, razed the dilapidated houses on the properties, and constructed a new building which houses his gallery, studio, and living quarters. Studio Mars opened in November 2003.
 
The bank’s interest in the artist didn’t end, however, when the mortgage papers were signed. Paducah Bank President Wally Bateman and his wife, Jane, took a special interest in the Rockefeller Center painting when they visited Paul’s gallery on the Second Saturday Gallery Walk in July. Wally arranged for photographer Glenn Hall to document the progress of the painting weekly and for professional photos to be made of Paul with the painting in New York.
 
Paul opened a solo show at Homey Gallery in Chicago on March 26 and opens a solo show at Greene Contemporary in Sarasota, Florida, in November. He has three international group shows in 2007. The first is a show in Singapore in April with the group, Pinture Fresca. The second show is just outside London in September and a third show in Paris in October is part of the Association of Art International.
 
His work can be seen locally at his gallery, Studio Mars, 420 North 7th Street by appointment and during the Second Saturday Gallery Walks in Lower Town on the second Saturday of each month from 1 to 9 p.m.  Samples of his work can also be seen on his website at www.paullorenz.biz.