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Paper on Paper: Paul Lansdale

January 10, 2020 @ 10:00 am January 12, 2020 @ 6:00 pm

After over 30 years of a very enjoyable career of creating  “Art on Demand”, as an Art Director, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, and Photographer, Cold Spring artist Paul Lansdale is creating art for his own pleasure. This is his premier exhibition – “PAPER ON PAPER”.


Paul graduated from the Cincinnati Art Academy (applied design). He studied color theory under Julian Stanczak, the Polish- American op artist, – the great colorist of the 20th Century. And he studied design under Charley Harper  – the American modernist art designer-illustrator. He was art director at the public relations dept. of the Cincinnati Public Library system. and attended the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art. and Architecture.

He was an art director for the communications dept. of the Reliance Insurance Company of Philadelphia, one of Pennsylvania’s oldest corporations. He attended the Tyler Art School of Temple University, and the Philadelphia College of Art.

He was the originating art director for the MER Advertising Agency,  the first full-service ad agency in the Kentucky Bluegrass,and the largest agency in his hometown of Lexington, Ky. He was also the originating Art Director for “Bluegrass Woman” Magazine. He was a designer for the International Racing Bureau, creating ads for Lexington Horse farms for English racing magazines in London.

He free-lanced as a graphic designer, illustrator, and photographer for almost ten years in Manhattan, working for ad agencies and design studios on Madison Ave.,The Flatiron building, and Rockefeller Center.  Some of his clients included Milton Glazer Inc, and Time, Life, Money, Fortune and People magazines. He worked for over 16 years as the art director and designer of the Friendship Press publishing company, and the Dept. of Publications Services of the National Council of Churches. He had 27 other major non-profit agency clients whose offices were at 475 Riverside Drive in Manhattan


The collage art that I am engaged in is a natural continuation of my career experience of working on a real desktop, not a computer desktop, making very meticulous, often multiple layered mechanicals, and preparing art for printing or publication. I am doing my own interpretations of challenges that Julian Stanczak gave me to understand color.    

My collage is an ultimate example of organic recycling, creating a new visual experience from discarded objects. I am using acid free paper and acid free glue and limiting myself to only using paper that I have found, never drawing or using toxic oil paint or turpentine.

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