FIA announces CIBC Artist-in-Residence Program and 2016 Recipient

Fogo Island Arts (FIA) is pleased to announce support from CIBC to establish the CIBC Artist-in-Residence Program. This contribution of $150,000 enables FIA to bring one established Canadian contemporary artist per year over the next three years to participate in a residency on Fogo Island. Celebrated artist Paul P. has been selected as the 2016 CIBC Artist-in-Residence.


Paul P. The Rex Prisms (2016). Installation view, Maureen Paley, London.

CIBC’s support is an important contribution to Fogo Island Arts’ Patrons Program, a major fundraising campaign launched in 2016 to support FIA programs and initiatives. The partnership between CIBC and FIA reflects a shared understanding of the critical role that contemporary art plays in enriching and revitalizing communities.

Canadian artist Paul P., who works alternately between Paris, New York and Toronto, initially came to attention in 2003 for his drawings and paintings of young men that systematically re‐imagined found erotic photographs along nineteenth century aesthetic modes. In recent years his interest in transience, desire, cataloging, notation and repeat observation has expanded to include evocative landscapes and their abstraction. His practice has also extended to plein-air drawing of sculptures within museums, and to the production of his own sculptural works in the form of furniture. Paul P’s work was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, as well as in group exhibitions at MoMA, New York, and the Freud Museum, London, and is in the collection of MoMA; LACMA, Los Angeles; the Brooklyn Museum; SFMoMA, San Francisco; and the Whitney Museum, New York, among others.