Paul W. Waddell (b. 1983) is an artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. Waddell’s process manifests in painting, video, performance and installation. His works are responsive navigations of complicity within cultural constructs and value systems—. He constructs images through the utilization of his body, and through interactive situations with the audience. Flawed, dynamic power is emphasized through a shared experience.
Waddell has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and has performed in North America, Europe and Asia. Recent exhibitions include Town Hall (ltd, Los Angeles 2017) Transmorphing Utopia (ltd, Los Angeles, 2017) Thus Spake The Fungus (Arturo Bandini, Los Angeles 2016), Synesthesia (Five Car Garage, Santa Monica 2016), Ponding Purple Grass (Night Gallery, Los Angeles 2012); Move In Again (Honor Fraser, Los Angeles 2013), Openly Ceremonial (Know More Games, Brooklyn 2012), Moving In (Honor Fraser, Los Angeles 2012), Grand Re-opening (Human Resources, LA 2011), I like Massachusetts... (MEME Gallery, Cambridge 2010), The life of a house cat (Waterloo Centre for the Arts, Waterloo, IA 2010). Waddell was a 2015 Fellowship recipient at Lighthouse Works. He received his BA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2005), and taught at the Idyllwild Arts Academy (2008-2012) and UCLA (2015). Paul is the founder and curator of the performance series TEST (Various locations, Ongoing) and FREE CLINIC (Human Resources 2011, 2012). His first publication Transmorphing Utopia (NOT A CULT, 2017) includes writings and images from his recent works. Waddell’s work has been written about in LA Weekly, Artslant, Notes on Looking, A Righteous Transfer!, Time Out Boston, The Dig, and Art Papers among others.