Lives and works in New York, New York
The work is approached under the idea that “Spaces” can hold a distinct level of power and develop influence. Considering humanistic elements to drive narrative-based situations that center around queer identity. These spaces hold their own autonomy and exist as ideas of the potential of space to define these identities. Treating environments as a theoretical material allows for a distance between the work and the viewer which inspires stillness and curiosity. The theoretical is also inaccessible to the viewer. That makes a unique power dynamic which ultimately held by a queer voice.
View Through Closed Window II, oil on canvas, 18" x 24" Inches, 2020
Untitled ("plant room”),oil on canvas, 36” x 48” Inches, 2020
Untitled ("Room with Table and flowers”), oil on linen wrapped panel, 8 1/8" x 18 1/16" Inches, 2020
Stepping Out, oil on canvas, 30" x 22" inches, 2020
Untitled ("two boys”), oil on panel, 36'" x 24" inches, 2020
Outside looking In, oil on panel, 36'" x 24" inches, 2021
Alley Kitchen, oil on canvas, 36" x 24" Inches, 2021
Spring flower oil on canvas 24”x36” Inches, 2021
Untitled ("Marcy Ave”), oil on linen wrapped panel 18” x 18” Inches,2021
In room, on bed ,oil on panel 36" x 24" Inches, 2020
Paul-Sebastian Japaz is a painter who currently resides in NY, NY. In 2017, he graduated with a BFA in Fine Art from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Paul uses space to explore the idea that it can influence behaviors in people. Positive Space is a resource, and in many cases a privilege afforded to those in power. The work considers Queer identity and places it in the context of everyday life through the power of space and environment to define a place of our own.