Paul Flack

Born in Brooklyn, New York City, Paul Flack's fate was to follow the exodus of the millions of GIs returning from WWII on their way to the promised land, Levitown, Long Island, America's first subdivision. From his modest home on a 60' x 100' plot of land, he dreamed of life beyond the city. In the late 70's the South caught his attention and he soon found a home on the outskirts of Atlanta. There, his career path wandered from international teaching, to marketing, sales, public relations and technology. In spite of many successes, his professional experience proved less than fulfilling. In the meantime, suburban sprawl began to overtake his neighborhood.

Birth of the first South Brooklyn, suburban refugee folk artist
It was during the 70's that he first attended Folk Fest in Atlanta. There he was introduced to the truth of art in the form of Robyn "The Beaver" Beverland. Flack was moved by the unobstructed, pure, soul-bearing communion between the art and artist
. A potent combination of a deteriorating urban environment and health problems forced him to look more closely at the "truth" in his world. In an effort to come to grips with his new reality he picked up discarded pieces of wood left in the wake of his new subdivision neighbors. Inspired by visionary artists such as Howard Finster, he decided to try his hand at painting - something he had turned his back on thirty years before - to reconcile his feelings. He became intrigued with spiritual concepts and almost exclusively began painting angels - God's own messengers. He works with a variety of household tools such as used spray bottles, catsup containers, discarded toothbrushes and alike to create images. A favorite medium is joint compound on OSB board sometimes inset with mirrors and found objects.

Permanent collection Hurn Museum, Savannah, Georgia

Work chosen for the theme of the 2006 Mennello Museum 5th Annual Orlando  

     Folk Festival

Annual participant Fearrington Folk Art Festival

Founder of The Who-Ha Da-Da Outsider Artists' Fellowship-dedicated to promoting and sustaining the vernacular Southern visual art culture.

 

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“Face”
Two panels

each 11 3/4" x 46"

acrylic on recycled OSB

(oriented strand board)

 

SOLD

“Liberty”
Two panels

each 11 3/4" x 46"

acrylic on recycled OSB

(oriented strand board)

SOLD

“Angels”
Three panels

each 11 3/4" x 46"

acrylic on recycled OSB

(oriented strand board)

SOLD

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