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Metal Sketches™:

The idea behind Metal Sketches™ developed as a slow burn. For years Paul would flip through his sketch books and smile. They contained highly rendered images, quirky contour drawings and quick scribbles of unknowing models. Crossed out failures outnumbered successes. There was always a nagging disappointment that these images were tucked away in an intimate book that was rarely exposed to viewers other than Paul himself. In early 2009 the slow burn caught fire as Paul created a prototype of Bossa Nova Guy. The original sketch was magnified 10 fold by hand then painstakingly cut out of birch wood, pieced together, and painted black.

The result brought an intimate sketch to the viewer as a larger-than-life 3 dimensional sculpture. Since the first prototype the process has been refined and the pieces are now created from steel. Paul finds steel a more creative outlet that allows for intricate designs and delicate lines while still being extremely durable.

Metal Sketches™ are either mounted onto wooden backings or preferably hung directly onto a wall through a series of metal dowels that leave a 2 inch gap between wall and sculpture. The resulting space creates a 4th dimension of shadow play between the light, sculpture, and wall.

A self-developed process allows Paul to create scaled versions of his Metal Sketches™. Each version is editioned in runs of 20 and custom pieces can be developed.

Paul’s Metal Sketches™ have been well received in businesses, homes and galleries throughout New England as well as the prestigious Mass Art yearly benefit show.

Heteroclites:

The Heteroclite series of paintings started as a sociological exploration of how humans protect and project themselves in society. Masks protect almost all of Paul’s Heteroclite paintings. The mask is the oldest and simplest form of protection and projection. It was a natural progression given Paul’s tendency towards painting expressive facial features as shown in his earlier work.

Spider Catcher, the first in the series, developed from the artists experience of saving a spider in his home. A simple and benevolent act that anyone could (or wouldn’t) perform, but which society would never acknowledge. If that moment was taken from time and exposed, what would it look like? The se-ries continued as a number of portrait paintings based on curious or deviant human actions. It has evolved into more complex sociological behavior in dynamic settings, most with multiple actors.

A continuing theme called “Going Feral” portrays the artist in his own Hetero-clite state as he wistfully walks away from society into the wilds of the Badlands.

Paul is also working on a subway series investigating the quirks and intricacies of Bostonians during their daily commute. The first in the series, The Com-mute depicts a typical morning on Boston’s transit system. A private collector in the Boston area recently purchased it.

Deconstructions:

Paul tries to blur the edge between realism and abstraction. Always search-ing for the point where a single brush stroke confuses the image, rendering it unidentifiable.

Deconstructions attack the concept from a different direction. Rather than starting with figure and form, Paul starts with color and marks.

The same image, usually done from a real-life sketch in near darkness, is re-peated multiple times. Each iteration reveals pieces of the original sketch, hopefully pulling the image closer to a recognizable state.

New Work

Paul Arsenault - New work
New work - 2013
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  1. Dead Fish #1

    Size:32X32 Cold pressed steel.

    Paul Arsenault - Metal Sketch; Dead Fish2
  2. Dead Fish #2

    Size:32X32 Cold pressed steel.

    Paul Arsenault - Metal Sketch Dead Fish2
  3. Things that go Bump in the Night - 19

    Size:30X22 Medium:Oil paint on paper. A new series of deconstructed images based loosely off of how the eye plays with images at night.
    Paul Arsenault - Metal Sketch Dead Fish2
  4. Exquisite Corpse

    Cold pressed steel.

    Paul Arsenault - Metal Sketch Exquisite Corpse

Heteroclites

Paul Arsenault - Heteroclite series
Heteroclite Series
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  1. Spider Saver

    Size:25X25. Oil paint and pencil on canvas. This guy started the series.
    Paul Arsenault - Paul_Arsenault_Spider_Saver_large.jpg
  2. The Birth of an Idea - 2012

    Size:25X25 Medium:Oil paint and pencil on panel. I've had this image in my head for a while, it needed to get out. It's how I feel when I get an idea.
    Paul Arsenault - The Birth of an Idea - 2012
  3. Recurring Nightmare I - 2012

    Size:60X50 Medium:Conte crayon, charcoal and pencil on panel. One of a number of 'hand' nightmares that I used to have as a kid.
    Paul Arsenault - Recurring Nightmare I - 2012
  4. Avoidance

    Size:25X25. Oil on canvas. Before I broke free of suburbia there was this bar where people would go to ignore their families and forget their lives.....
    Paul Arsenault - Paul_Arsenault_Avoidance_large.jpg
  5. The Commute

    Size:25X25. Oil on canvas. Daily scene in Boston.
    Paul Arsenault - Paul_Arsenault_Commute_Large.jpg
  6. Forlorn (NYC)

    size: 18X24. Oil and pencil on canvas.
    Paul Arsenault - Paul_Arsenault_Forlorn_NYC_Large.jpg
  7. Going Feral

    size:48X38. Oil and pencil on canvas. A thought I had after a sunrise walk in the SD Badlands.
    Paul Arsenault - Paul_Arsenault_Going_Feral_Large.jpg
  8. Every Artist has a The Scream in Them

    Size:25X25. Oil paint on canvas. Munch painted his despondency, this is mine.
    Paul Arsenault - Paul_Arsenault_MyTheScream_Large.jpg
  9. Prospect Liquors: 8:29AM

    Size:25X25. Oil paint and charcoalon canvas. The liquor store every morning 1 minute before opening.
    Paul Arsenault - Paul_Arsenault_ProspectLiquors_large.jpg
  10. The Artist (AKA, Digging in the Dirt)

    Size:25X25. Oil paint and charcoal on canvas. What it feels like sometimes.
    Paul Arsenault - Paul_Arsenault_Making_Art_Large.jpg
  11. Going Feral - Portrait

    Size:10X18 Medium:Oil paint and cold wax medium. Our intrepid hero spotted as he leaves society.
    Paul Arsenault - Paul_Arsenault_going_feral_portrait_large.jpg
  12. Headhunter

    Size:25X25. Oil paint, spray paint, charcoal and wire on canvas. One of my meetings with a group of tech headdies.
    Paul Arsenault - Paul_Arsenault_Headhunter_Large.jpg
  13. Mommies Lil' Snowflake

    Size:25X25. Oil paint and pencil on canvas. Self explanitory.
    Paul Arsenault - Paul_Arsenault_MommysSnowflake_large.jpg
  14. Salting Sugar Cubes #1

    Size:25X25. Old ripped Acrylic paintings glued on canvas. Was trying to replicate a useless task.
    Paul Arsenault - Paul_Arsenault_SaltingSugar_large.jpg
  15. Stagger Lee

    Size:25X25. Oil paint on canvas. From a Nick Cave song with the same title.
    Paul Arsenault - Paul_Arsenault_StaggerLee_Large.jpg
  16. The Raspberry Story

    Size:25X25. Oil paint and chalk on canvas. The saddest story I know.
    Paul Arsenault - Paul_Arsenault_The_Raspberry_Story_thumb.jpg
  17. What's Next

    Size:25X25. Oil paint on canvas. Trying to figure out the next painting.
    Paul Arsenault - Paul_Arsenault_what_next_large.jpg

Metal Sketches

Paul Arsenault - Metal Sketch portfolio
Metal Sketches™
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  1. Dead Fish #1

    Metal Sketches™ : Size:32X32 Cold pressed steel.

    Paul Arsenault - Metal Sketch Dead Fish2
  2. Dead Fish #2

    Metal Sketches™ : Size:32X32 Cold pressed steel.

    Paul Arsenault - Metal Sketch Dead Fish2
  3. Wineglass

    Metal Sketches™ : Waterford Crystal wineglass.
    Paul Arsenault - Paul_Arsenault_MetalSketch_wineglass_large.jpg
  4. Exquisite Corpse

    Metal Sketches™ : Size:32X32 Cold pressed steel.

    Paul Arsenault - Metal Sketch Exquistie Corpse
  5. Yesterday

    Metal Sketches™ : Image done from an old old sketch
    Paul Arsenault - Paul_Arsenault_MetalSketch_Yesterday_Large.jpg
  6. Coffee Cup

    Metal Sketches™ : Scaleable. 24X24 up to 60X60. Cold pressed steel.
    Paul Arsenault - Paul_Arsenault_MetalSketch_CoffeeCup_Large.jpg
  7. Fe3O2 3/20

    Metal Sketches™ : Scaleable. 8X8 up to 60X60. Cold pressed steel and rust.
    Paul Arsenault - Paul_Arsenault_MetalSketch_FEO_smallcut_large.jpg
  8. Sparrow

    Metal Sketches™ : Scaleable. 24X24 up to 60X60. Cold pressed steel.
    Paul Arsenault - Paul_Arsenault_MetalSketch_friend_large.jpg
  9. Scribble #1 - 2012

    Metal Sketches™ : Size:14X50 Medium:Cold pressed steel and various patina's. I just wanted to play around with scribbles, enjoying line just for its own sake.
    Paul Arsenault Metal Sketch - Scribble #1 - 2012
  10. Scribble #2 - 2012

    Metal Sketches™ : Size:50X14 Medium:Cold pressed steel and various patina's. I just wanted to play around with scribbles, enjoying line just for its own sake.
    Paul Arsenault  Metal Sketch - Scribble #2 - 2012
  11. Grumpy Woman at the Ham Store

    Metal Sketches™ : Scaleable. 24X24 (ish) up to 60X60 (ish). Cold pressed steel.
    Paul Arsenault  Metal Sketch - Paul_Arsenault_MetalSketch_GrumpyWoman_Large.jpg
  12. Las Palomas

    Metal Sketches™ : Scaleable. 24X8 up to 60X20 (ish). Sketched these birds after a visit to the Picasso museum in Madrid.
    Paul Arsenault  Metal Sketch - Paul_Arsenault_MetalSketch_Las_Palomas_Large.jpg
  13. Bossa Nova Guy

    Metal Sketches™ : Scaleable. 24X24 up to 60X60. Cold pressed steel.
    Paul Arsenault - Paul_Arsenault_MetalSketch_Bossa_Nova_Guy_Large.jpg
  14. Listen

    Metal Sketches™ : Scaleable. 24X24 (ish) up to 60X60 (ish). Cold pressed steel. Original sketch from a camping trip in the White Mountains of NH
    Paul Arsenault  Metal Sketch - Paul_Arsenault_MetalSketch_Listen_Large.jpg
  15. Man I

    Metal Sketches™ : Scaleable. 24X24 (ish) up to 60X60 (ish).
    Paul Arsenault  Metal Sketch - Paul_Arsenault_MetalSketch_man_i_large.jpg
  16. Naked Man, Back

    Metal Sketches™ : 18X36 Medium:Cold pressed steel and black patina.
    Paul Arsenault  Metal Sketch - Naked Man, Backg
  17. Naked Man, Back - Detail View.

    Metal Sketches™ : a Side view of the construction involved.
    Paul Arsenault  Metal Sketch - Paul_Arsenault_MetalSketch_naked_man_back_detail_large.jpg
  18. Nature Talk

    Metal Sketches™ : Size:48X48 Medium:Cold pressed steel. Metal-Sketch series. This was sketched during a convservationist's talk one evening at 'Lake in the Clouds' AMC hut, NH.
    Paul Arsenault  Metal Sketch - Nature Talk
  19. Salt Shaker

    Metal Sketches™ : Salt Shaker at my local pub.
    Paul Arsenault - Metal Sketch Salt Shaker
  20. Ship

    Metal Sketches™ : Sketch of an old ship I did at the museum, realized in metal.
    Paul Arsenault -  Metal Sketch Ship
  21. Tomorrow I,II,III X 3

    Metal Sketches™ : 3 24 inch reverse cuts of 'Yesterday'.
    Paul Arsenault - Paul_Arsenault_MetalSketch_tomorrow_X3_large.jpg

Things that go Bump in the night

Paul Arsenault - Things that goe Bump in the night
Things that goe Bump in the night
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  1. Things that go Bump in the night #1 - Bike, clothing and table

    Size:30X22 Medium:Oil paint on paper. The first in a new series of deconstructed images based loosely off of how the eye plays with images at night.
    Paul Arsenault - Things that go Bump in the night - Bike, clothing and table - 2012
  2. Things that go Bump in the night #2 - Bike, clothing and table

    Size:30X22 Medium:Oil paint on paper. A new series of deconstructed images based loosely off of how the eye plays with images at night.
    Paul Arsenault - Things that go Bump in the night - Bike, clothing and table - 2012
  3. Things that go Bump in the night #3 - Bike, clothing and table

    Size:30X22 Medium:Oil paint on paper. A new series of deconstructed images based loosely off of how the eye plays with images at night.
    Paul Arsenault - Things that go Bump in the night - Bike, clothing and table - 2012
  4. Things that go Bump in the night #4 - Bike, clothing and table

    Size:30X22 Medium:Oil paint on paper. A new series of deconstructed images based loosely off of how the eye plays with images at night.
    Paul Arsenault - Things that go Bump in the night - Bike, clothing and table - 2012
  5. Things that go Bump in the night #5 - Foggy bridge

    Size:30X22 Medium:Oil paint on paper. A new series of deconstructed images based loosely off of how the eye plays with images at night.
    Paul Arsenault - Things that go Bump in the night - Foggy bridge - 2012
  6. Things that go Bump in the night #6 - Foggy bridge

    Size:30X22 Medium:Oil paint on paper. A new series of deconstructed images based loosely off of how the eye plays with images at night.
    Paul Arsenault - Things that go Bump in the night - Foggy bridge - 2012
  7. Things that go Bump in the night #7 - Foggy bridge

    Size:30X22 Medium:Oil paint on paper. A new series of deconstructed images based loosely off of how the eye plays with images at night.
    Paul Arsenault - Things that go Bump in the night - Foggy bridge - 2012
  8. Things that go Bump in the night #8 - Bike, clothing and table

    Size:40X32 Medium:Oil paint on paper. A new series of deconstructed images based loosely off of how the eye plays with images at night.
    Paul Arsenault - Things that go Bump in the night - Bike, clothing and table - 2012
  9. Things that go Bump in the night #9 - Foggy bridge

    Size:40X32 Medium:Oil paint on paper. A new series of deconstructed images based loosely off of how the eye plays with images at night.
    Paul Arsenault - Things that go Bump in the night - Foggy bridge - 2012
  10. Things that go Bump in the night #10 - House

    Size:30X22 Medium:Oil paint on paper. A new series of deconstructed images based loosely off of how the eye plays with images at night.
    Paul Arsenault - Things that go Bump in the night - House - 2012
  11. Things that go Bump in the night #11 - House

    Size:30X22 Medium:Oil paint on paper. A new series of deconstructed images based loosely off of how the eye plays with images at night.
    Paul Arsenault - Things that go Bump in the night - House - 2012
  12. Things that go Bump in the night #12 - House

    Size:30X22 Medium:Oil paint on paper. A new series of deconstructed images based loosely off of how the eye plays with images at night.
    Paul Arsenault - Things that go Bump in the night - House - 2012
  13. Things that go Bump in the night #13 - House

    Size:40X32 Medium:Oil paint on paper. A new series of deconstructed images based loosely off of how the eye plays with images at night.
    Paul Arsenault - Things that go Bump in the night - House - 2012
  14. Things that go Bump in the night #14 - Waterfall

    Size:30X22 Medium:Oil paint on paper. A new series of deconstructed images based loosely off of how the eye plays with images at night.
    Paul Arsenault - Things that go Bump in the night - Waterfall - 2012
  15. Things that go Bump in the night #15 - Waterfall

    Size:30X22 Medium:Oil paint on paper. A new series of deconstructed images based loosely off of how the eye plays with images at night.
    Paul Arsenault - Things that go Bump in the night - Waterfall - 2012
  16. Things that go Bump in the night #16 - Waterfall

    Size:30X22 Medium:Oil paint on paper. A new series of deconstructed images based loosely off of how the eye plays with images at night.
    Paul Arsenault - Things that go Bump in the night - Waterfall - 2012
  17. Things that go Bump in the night #17 - Birch trees

    Size:30X22 Medium:Oil paint on paper. A new series of deconstructed images based loosely off of how the eye plays with images at night.
    Paul Arsenault - Things that go Bump in the night - Birch trees - 2012
  18. Things that go Bump in the Night #19 - Rocks and trees

    Size:30X22 Medium:Oil paint on paper. A new series of deconstructed images based loosely off of how the eye plays with images at night.

    Paul Arsenault - Metal Sketch Dead Fish2

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