Early Work: Wallscape and Foundation Series (To see recent work go to www.paulroorda.com) 

2003 - My recent paintings reflect an interest in combining two opposing experiences: On the one hand, the solid, aging walls that make up our cities and on the other hand, the wide open spaces and skies of the countryside. My work explores the beauty of the deteriorating walls found in downtown alleys and parking lots. In those same walls I search for visions or memories of landscapes: Cracks or borders that can be seen as horizons; stains that can be seen as turbulent skies. In weathered concrete surfaces I find images of storms, clouds, rain, or ice. As landscapes, the paintings are abstract in quality. As paintings of wall surfaces, they embrace realism. A painting in which one can become immersed, can at the same time focus attention on the impenetrable surface. Depth and vastness is experienced simultaneously with the awareness of the distressed and textured surface.

Wallscape I
Oil on canvas
24 by 24 inches
2003
Wallscape I
Oil on canvas
24 by 24 inches
2003

Wallscape II
Oil on canvas
24 by 24 inches
2003
Wallscape II
Oil on canvas
24 by 24 inches
2003

Wallscape III
Oil on canvas
24 by 24 inches
2003
Wallscape III
Oil on canvas
24 by 24 inches
2003

Wallscape IV
Oil on canvas
24 by 24 inches
2003
Wallscape IV
Oil on canvas
24 by 24 inches
2003

Wallscape V
Oil on canvas
24 by 24 inches
2003
Wallscape V
Oil on canvas
24 by 24 inches
2003

Wallscape VI
Oil on canvas
24 by 24 inches
2003
Wallscape VI
Oil on canvas
24 by 24 inches
2003

Wallscape VII
Oil on canvas
24 by 24 inches
2003
Wallscape VII
Oil on canvas
24 by 24 inches
2003

Wallscape VIII
Oil on canvas
24 by 24 inches
2003
Wallscape VIII
Oil on canvas
24 by 24 inches
2003

Wallscape IX
Oil on canvas
24 by 24 inches
2003
Wallscape IX
Oil on canvas
24 by 24 inches
2003

Wallscape X
Oil on canvas
24 by 24 inches
2003
Wallscape X
Oil on canvas
24 by 24 inches
2003

Wallscape XI
Oil on canvas
24 by 24 inches
2003
Wallscape XI
Oil on canvas
24 by 24 inches
2003

Wallscape XII
Oil on canvas
24 by 24 inches
2003
Wallscape XII
Oil on canvas
24 by 24 inches
2003

Wallscape XIII
Oil on canvas
24 by 24 inches
2003
Wallscape XIII
Oil on canvas
24 by 24 inches
2003

Wallscape XIV
Oil on canvas
24 by 24 inches
2003
Wallscape XIV
Oil on canvas
24 by 24 inches
2003

Wallscape XV
Oil on canvas
24 by 24 inches
2003
Wallscape XV
Oil on canvas
24 by 24 inches
2003

Wallscape XVI
Oil on canvas
24 by 24 inches
2003
Wallscape XVI
Oil on canvas
24 by 24 inches
2003

Foundation II
Oil on canvas
91 x 61 cm
Foundation II
Oil on canvas
91 x 61 cm

Foundation III
Oil on canvas
91 x 61 cm
Foundation III
Oil on canvas
91 x 61 cm

Foundation V
Oil on canvas
76 x 25 cm
Foundation V
Oil on canvas
76 x 25 cm

Foundation VI
Oil on canvas
76 x 25 cm
Foundation VI
Oil on canvas
76 x 25 cm

Foundation VII
Oil on canvas
76 x 25 cm
Foundation VII
Oil on canvas
76 x 25 cm

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