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PAUL BOOKER
at Cris Worley Fine Arts through may 09
by Todd Camplin

Most of us have flipped through a science textbook and stopped on a page with a complex
image illustrating an object or concept. Usually these images are pretty simple, but a few
books will have an energetic, ambitious  illustrator that will create a complex design that
puts you in a state of wonder. A really dynamic illustration of a cell helps explain and inspire
future scientists. Although Paul Booker isn’t closely portraying scientific phenomenon, you
get the feeling his imaginative images of flowing systems could easily inspire someone to
become a scientist, meteorologist, or an engineer of fluid dynamics.  Even someone to
become an artist, after all, seeing his work back in his Dunn and Brown show encourages
my own development as an artist.
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sound waves, and the not so empty space of the cosmos. All of which fell relevant to many of his
works. Pink Current is an ink enamel and polyurethane on panel painting which depicts little
black and also little white particles flowing around, leading your eye all over the panel. His
method of applying 100 or so layers of polyurethane to the work makes the image seem
dimensional. Booker manages to get his flowing objects not to act as drawings on a flat surface
giving the illusion of space, but rather drawings on several layers. So, the drawings are on lower
layers and upper layers, thus these paintings are not really flat. I know what you must be thinking,
I just called them paintings, then drawings, then paintings again. Well, I am not afraid to say I am
unclear what to call them, because Booker seems to be creating both. I first encountered his
method of painting years ago when I visited Dunn and Brown, but before then I saw Booker
drawing on the wall with sculpture at 500x. He had drawn on small clear sheets, and then
pinned them to the wall. With all those pinned sheets, Booker made the pieces flow across the
wall. His paintings, though contained within a rectangle, still accomplish a similar experience.
little particles flowing all over his image. His blog points to his interest in extreme weather patterns,
refreshes the medium for me. Traditionally watercolor is used as a sketch for a larger work on
board or canvas. Only a few masters at watercolor helped to raise its profile now and then.
was fearless in his execution of this often overlooked medium. The title suggested that water
was there and dried up, leaving ridges. Well that is true both symbolically and literally. Water
did dry to make this image. Flow Through is a title of another watercolor that captivated my
attention with the drama and energy of his lines.

Flow Through with works by Paul Booker continues until May 9th at
Cris Worley Fine Arts.