Paul Boddum is a visual artist based in Toronto, he's also a scenic artist by trade and heads the scenic dept. at Soulpepper Theatre.
Choosing to paint animals was a way to bring some beauty into the world while raising awareness of something thats important to me.
After studying fine arts briefly at York University, Paul focused on becoming a self-taught artist. In the late 80's he set his artistic goal; to tell stories through painting that we should celebrate how important domestic family pets are. His vision was to give these family members a voice, elevating their status, making them just as worthy as other portrait subjects long deemed acceptable in the art world. Paul has been working now for 30 years on his vision. His practice also includes an ongoing exploration of non-objective painting, his ideas are informed by his love of abstract expressionism and contemporary art.
The objective of his figurative art, is to attempt to bring awareness to the important vital role domestic pets play in many peoples lives/families, and the positive impact they have on our emotional and mental well being. The universe has surrounded us with the perfect teachers, animals, they live in the present moment and they pull us in with them, into their bliss. Paul's passion is trying to capture on canvas the essence, personality, and unique beauty of sentient beings. Paul's work explore themes of joy, connection, love, laughter, memories, meaningful moments, and family. Paul has been a life long animal lover (had way too many pets to list), a musician, and vegan.
Paul has exhibited in Toronto, New York, Maine, Florida, and California. Since exhibiting his work at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition in 2002, Paul began taking on commissions from collectors across North America and Internationally. His works can be found in private collections across the US, Canada, Bermuda, Germany, and England. His clients include Ann Rohmer, Anne Wroczkowski, and Chef Art Smith (former personal chef for Oprah Winfrey). His work has been featured in House and Home, Style at Home, Boston Herald, Animal Fair, Toronto Star, and he has appeared on the Pet Network and CP 24 live.
A portion of his commission sales go to help support an animal based charity. Also, Paul has donated his commissions and original paintings to auctions/fund raising events in order to help raise much needed funds for numerous charities including: Project Jessie (Animal Alliance of Canada), The Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides, Reach for the Rainbow (integrated summer camp for children with disabilities), New York City animals shelters (NY Pet Fashion Week art auction), K9 Rescue Me Walk-a-Thon (breed specific rescues in Toronto), Canadian Foundation for Aids Research, Ontario Veterinary College Animal Cancer Centre, and Second Chance Rescue NYC.
This was Noah, my buddy and faithful studio companion for 10 years. An adopted rescue dog who ended up adopting me. A big personality, understood over 100 words, high energy, force of nature, a little over the top with his love towards people, too clingy, a sweet boy. He was adopted from Project Jessie which is a rescue network that rescues primarily from shelters that send their animals to research, or would euthanize for inappropriate reasons such as overcrowding, treatable medical issues, or behavioural concerns.