Biography, Notes

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Raised in an art environment in Austin, Texas, Page Piland graduated from the University of Texas with a
Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. While at UT, Piland served as art editor of student publications and worked at the
Harry Ransom Center where he developed a love for old books; today he often incorporates them in his paintings.

His recent painting/assemblage work honors humble subjects: discarded, distressed or abandoned home building
materials; wooden planks; railroad tie splinters; Bastrop burned trees; old books. Piland incorporates pieces
of his original inspiration as well as a “trompe l’oeil” replica in/on his uniquely-sized canvases. He presents
precious woods with their own portraits: Purpleheart, Rosewood, Osage, Long Leaf Pine, Bois D’ Arc. Currently,
there is a forest of large scale (130x48 inches) paintings/assemblages inhabiting his Spring Street
Studio in Houston, Texas.

Page Piland’s work has appeared in numerous exhibitions sponsored by, among others, Texas Fine Art Association,
The Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Stephen F. Austin University, Texas Contemporary Art Fair, Houston Fine Art Fair,
Houston Arts Alliance, Assistance League of Houston, Blaffer Museum at the University of Houston, Lawndale
Art Center, and many gallery venues. Piland has been a finalist for The Hunting Art Prize several times since 2008.
His 2016 public art commission, Houston’s Tall Forest, is installed at the George R. Brown Convention Center
in downtown Houston.

January 2017

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Page Piland: Artist Statement About The Recent Work.

“I see things I think so beautiful, or devastating, that no one will believe a painting of them. So I include
the actual thing in the painting as proof.”


Paintings and assemblages are the current focus for me. Recent work refers to and features actual humble items:
discarded, distressed and abandoned pieces of wood; home construction detritus; railroad tie splinters;
old fence planks; tar paper; a burned tree from Bastrop, Texas. Also, I honor exotic woods (Purpleheart, Osage,
Rosewood, Longleaf Pine) with portraits.

My painting starts with the subject item carefully affixed to, inset, or mortised flush into the canvas.
An oil portrait of the item is then painted next to the piece. In some works, the articulations in the wood
or tar paper or construction parts suggest meanings which are expressed in an “interpretation” of the subject
via the “portrait” beside the item.

Wood or other items are gathered, carefully studied and often photographed. After sketchbook drawings,
the photo is saved in the computer. This enables me to try many variations for the look or idea of the subject.
One goal is to make the three-dimensional (3-D) item look two-dimensional (2-D) and the painted version
to look 3-D, thus blurring the line between the real and the not real.

I believe the careful and often tedious attention to detail builds respect and honors the saved or salvaged
materials. In many of the assemblage/paintings, an exact portrait, or mirror image portrait, stands alone as evidence
of the beauty, importance and timeless nature of the subject item. These paintings hopefully reveal the very essence
or “black and white” personality of the subjects. The faithfully painted “portrait” honors the subject item
just as a portrait of a person honors that person.

In my interpretation, the resulting assemblage/painting is often simply a new “thing” that stands alone. However,
conversations do seem to arise between the 2-D and 3-D elements touching on the question of which will outlast
the other, the actual subject or the portrait of the subject. Sometimes a simple exact portrait of the prop “reveals all.”
At other times the assemblage/painting becomes an interpretation of the subject’s last step, misstep or next
step in the life of the subject.

My ultimate goal is really to see and bring honor and respect to the simple, yet very important, beautiful items
with which we come into contact everyday in our lives. Many viewers have an “Aha” experience as they recognize
the real and the not real. Watching them take that leap into unknown territory is a treat for me.

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Selected Exhibitions

2017 Lawndale Big Show in Houston.
Juror, Toby Kamps, Director - Blaffer Art Museum,
University of Houston.
Houston, Texas.

2017 Group and Solo Shows.
Yvonamor Palix Gallery. Houston, Texas.

2017 Four Seasoned Exhibition.
Page Piland, Ron Gordon, A. Goldreich, A. Rodewald
Winter Street Studios Gallery. Houston, Texas.

2017 In The Eye of The Beholder.
Curated Exhibition. The Silos Gallery. Houston, Texas.

Recent Awards.
2017 Round Top WinterFest Art Fair.
2017 Sawyer Yards Revealed.
2017 Emerging Consciousness Curated Exhibition.
2016 Arts On The Avenue. Annual Benefit Auction/Exhibition.

2016 Hunting Texas Art Prize. Finalist. Jurors: Catherine Behrend, Former Deputy of
the New York City Public Art Program, Adjunct Assistant Professor at New York University's
School of Professional Studies diploma program. Alex Gregory, Curator of Art at the Amarillo Museum of Art.
Alexander Rich, Assistant Professor of Art History at Florida Southern College and Director of the Melvin
and Burks Art Galleries. Houston, Texas.

2016 Assistance League Celebrates Texas Art Exhibition.
Juror: Brady Roberts, Chief curator Milwaukee Art Museum
Houston, Texas.

2016 Site Specific Assemblage Installation. George R Brown Convention Center
For Houston First & Houston Arts Alliance. Houston, Texas.

2016 Lawndale Big Show in Houston.
Jurors, Apsara DiQuinzio, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and
Phyllis C. Wattis MATRIX Curator BAMPFA
Houston, Texas.

2015 Texas Contemporary Art Fair.
George R. Brown Convention Center. Houston

2015 Houston Fine Art Fair.
NRG Center. Houston

2015 Hunting Texas Art Prize. Finalist. Jurors: Adam Justice, Curator of Art at the Polk Museum of
Art in Lakeland, Florida. Amy Moorefield, Deputy Director of Exhibitions at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia
Julien Robson, Curator of the Shands Collection, Louisville, Kentucky
Houston, Texas.

2015 Going With The Grain Exhibition.
HCC Central Gallery, Houston, Texas.

2015 Arts Brookfield Invitational Exhibition.
One Allen Center Gallery. Houston, Texas.

2015 Reflections Of Nature Exhibition. French Consulates Home.
Yvonamor Palix Gallery. Houston, Texas.

2015 Spring Street Studios Annual Spring Show.
Houston, Texas

2015 Invitational Exhibition. British Residence/Houston.
Yvonamor Palix Gallery. Houston, Texas.

2015 "Skin In The Game Exhibition". Spring Street Studios, Houston. Angel Quesada, Curator.

2014 Lawndale Big Show in Houston.
60" x 48". Mixed media. Roof Remnants. An Interpretation.
Juror, Erin Elder, Visual Arts Director, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe

2014, 2015 Yvonamor Palix Gallery Shows.
Houston, Texas.

2014 Assistance League Celebrates Texas Art Exhibition in Houston, Texas.
60" x48". Oil on canvas with wooden plank. Purpleheart Portrait.

2013 Lawndale Big Show in Houston.
Juror, Duncan MacKenzie, Artist/Critic/Writer and Co-Founder of Bad at Sports
48" x 60". Oil on canvas. A Calling Out In The First Ward.

2013 Assistance League Celebrates Texas Art Exhibition in Houston, Texas.
66" x 68". Oil on canvas - Catching, Memorizing and Releasing My Deep Eddies.

2013 God of Carnage. A Play. Group Exhibition with Stark Naked Theatre Production.
Curated by Dianne Webb. Houston, Texas

2012 Spring Street Studios Annual Fall Show.
Houston, Texas

2012 Live Oak Art Center Exhibition.
Live Oak Art Center, Columbus, Texas
66' x 68". Oil painting on canvas. Catching, Memorizing and Releasing My Deep Eddies.

20011 Lawndale Big Show in Houston.
Juror, Larissa Harris, Curator at Queens Museum of Art
38" x 48". Silkscreen inks, gold-silver leaf, tar paper. Jessie's Plans.

2010 Assistance League Celebrates Texas Art Exhibition in Houston, Texas.
48" x 60". Oil and fire on russian birch - Choosing Sides of The Mansion In Texas.
(Texas Governor's Mansion Fire in 2008. Colorado River Steps Series)

2009 Lawndale Big Show in Houston.
Juror Laura Fried, Assistant Curator for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
60" x 44". Oil and metallic wax painting on wood panel. Repairing Howard's Pride and Joy.

2009 Hunting Texas Art Prize. Finalist.Jurors: Kate Green, independent curator and former
curator of Artpace in San Antonio. Chiyo Ishikawa, deputy director of art, Seattle
Art Museum in Seattle, Washington. Suzanne Folds McCullagh, curator-prints and drawings,
The Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.
66" x 66". Oil painting on canvas - Last Rally at Wooldridge Park.

2009 Assistance League Celebrates Texas Art Exhibition in Houston, Texas.
Juror Shelley R. Langdale, Philadelphia Museum of Art
60' x 110" Oil painting on canvas. Anna's Skiff. (Colorado River Steps Series)

2009 Texas National Exhibition.
Juror Mel Chin
30" x 40". Oil painting on canvas. Leaving Bellaire.

2008 The Hunting Art Prize, Houston, Texas; Finalist.
Rene Paul Barilleaux, chief curator of the Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum in San Antonio.
Peter Briggs, PhD, Helen DeVitt Jones curator of art, Museum of Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
Christian Gerstheimer, curator for the El Paso Museum of Art.
Amy Lewis Hofland, director of the Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas.
Victoria Lightman, co founder and principal director of the “Looking At Art” education program
Michelle Locke, associate curator of the South Texas Institute for the Arts in Corpus Christi

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Selected Art Fairs

2017
Austin Fine Art Fair, Yvonamor Palix Gallery, Palmer Center, Austin, Texas

2016
Austin Fine Art Fair, Yvonamor Palix Gallery, Palmer Center, Austin, Texas

2015
Texas Contemporary Art Fair, Yvonamor Palix Gallery, George R. Brown Convention Center,
Houston, Texas

Houston Fine Art Fair, Yvonamor Palix Gallery, NRG Center, Houston, Texas

2014
Texas Contemporary Art Fair, Yvonamor Palix Gallery, George R. Brown Convention Center,
Houston, Texas

Selected Installations and Commissions

2016
Houston's Own Tall Forest, George R. Brown Convention Center, Permanent installation commissioned by Houston First

2012-2013
A Visual History of Oil Exploration in South East Europe, Bucharest, Romania

2008
Site Specific Commissions, Concrete Barrier Benches Designs for Baseball Field, Bellaire, Texas

1980-1992
Numerous individual and commercial painting commissions

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Professional Development
Affiliations

Spring Street Studios: Past Advisory Committee Member
University of Houston Blaffer Museum-Gallery: Past-Board Member
San Jacinto College: Past-President- Arts Advisory Council
Art Directors Club of Houston: Past-President

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Education

University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Fine Arts