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Penance - August 2023

Penance is a mixed-media sculpture by Oklahoma born artist, Paul Medina. Penance is a golden human figure balancing a large branch on its head with several thorns and a rose on a green wooden base.
Penance is a mixed-media sculpture by Oklahoma born artist, Paul Medina. Penance is a golden human figure balancing a large branch on its head with several thorns and a rose on a green wooden base.
"Penance, atonement, forgiveness...
All part of the human experience, some of the positive ones. I've been thinking about this a lot of late. We need more of it right now."
Penance is 33" x 10", mixed media on fired clay and wood, 2023
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The White King - April 2023

I began The White King in January of 2023. It is an 80" x 24" x 9" amulet and made from mixed media on low-fired clay, steel, and nylon cord.

Each amulet takes a great deal of time to create. Every individual piece is hand made in clay, dried, fired, and painted, stained, and/or glazed. Then the clay pieces are aligned and assembled. I worked on The White King for three months. It is heavy on process. A process that I love.

Would you like to see photos of the piece as it progressed? Curious about my process? (more)

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Paul Medina has been making original mixed media art for over 50 years. His themes have remained constant through the years. Capturing human truths, the ether that binds us all in countless ways...

Through the late seventies and on into the early nineties, Medina flourished as a gallery artist. He was represented throughout the United States; doing many one and two person shows each year. Besides the many galleries that represented Medina over the years, he also exhibited at the Oklahoma Museum of Art, The Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, and the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. (more)

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Artist's Statement

New Exhibition at 1515 Lincoln Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK

Thursday, December 8, 2022 6:00 PM thru Saturday, January 14, 2023 5:00 PM

The Spaces In Between 2022

I am an artist who works in series. Sometimes the series lasts for a few years, some for decades. I either tire of the imagery or medium and feel the need to explore, change, and do something different. Once a series ebbs, I may spend a few months or years creatively playing, slowly developing new imagery, and many times introducing new materials as well.

This collection of work in this exhibition includes both works of a new series, and some of the pieces I played with in between one series and the other. Usually, no one sees these works. I decided to show these works in this show.

All the works speak to the sense of place and the comfort and security it can bring.

Some pieces are collage paintings of paper and various liquid mediums on canvas others are amulets/mobiles and made of low fired clay, acrylic paint, steel, copper.

Medina Receives Paseo Arts Association Lifetime Achievement Award

Paseo Arts District Lifetime Acheivement Award Winner Paul MedinaEach year the Paseo Arts Association (The PAA) honors artists and art supporters who have made a strong contribution to the arts in our state at the Paseo Arts Awards Dinner. The PAA's Annual Arts Awards were created to recognize and honor those individuals who have contributed to the artistic creativity and well-being of our state.

In 2022, The PAA honored Oklahoma born mixed-media artist Paul Medina with the Lifetime Achievement Award. This award, given annually, honors a person who has spent his/her life contributing to the enhancement of the arts in Oklahoma either as an artist, supporter, arts educator or arts administrator.

Formally organized in the 1970s, the Paseo Arts Association began the revitalization of the Paseo. Today, a vibrant group of artists and other interested people are transforming the community through creative thinking and arts activities.

The Paseo was built in 1929 as the first shopping district north of downtown. The curved, two-block street has maintained its Spanish revival architecture with original stucco buildings and clay tile roofs still intact. The Paseo is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Currently, the Paseo is home to over 20 galleries and more than 80 artists, all within walking distance. Intermingled with the galleries are fabulous restaurants, a vegan donut shop, shoe and clothing boutiques, gift shops, a yoga studio, barber shops and a hair salon.

Finding Beauty Among The Sorrow 2020

Exhibition at Artspace Untitled, Oklahoma City, OK