Born in 1999, Paul McLaren is photographer based in New York City. He is currently a senior in high school at the Packer Collegiate Institute, and will attend Wesleyan University next fall. He has studied at many institutions including the International Center of Photography, Parsons Academy of Design, and the San Francisco Art Institute. Paul is very ambitious, creative, and passionate about art. He communicates his unique perspective on the world through photography and other mediums by creating work that demonstrates an intelligent and effective balance of concept and aesthetic. Paul believes in the emotional and psychological power of art and its ability to give valuable insight on humanity and on his own self. Paul's work is often very conceptual, dealing with philosophical questions of existence and purpose, and political relationships. His work examines identity through several lenses like race, youth, sexuality and family. With a firm belief in the power of art, Paul continues to grow as an individual, and ultimately wants to use his talent to invoke change and create a better world. Don't hesitate to contact Paul for any commissions, collaborations or parties.


EXHIBITIONS

2015
Scholastic Art Awards, NYC Regional Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, NY. March 22-May 17
Still I Rise at the Packer Collegiate Institute. Brooklyn, NY. May 18-June 6
SFAI Precollege: An Infinite Moment at the Diego Rivera Gallery. San Francisco, CA. July 17
Teen Art Gallery Presents "b. 1995-2000". at The Brooklyn Fire Proof. Brooklyn, NY. August 20-22

2016
Teen Academy Imagemakers Exhibition. At The International Center of Photography School. New York, NY. May 27-June 4.
Panelist on ICP: Teen Storytellers Impacting at Photoville Education Day. Brooklyn, NY. September 23.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
Hank Willis Thomas at Jack Shainman Gallery for Musée Magazine. 04-20-15
Magazine Debut for Young Colored and Angry. 04-25-15
The Works, Paul McLaren on REVS Magazine. 5-06-15
Frieze Art Fair 2015 for Musée Magazine. 05-18-15
Interview and Feature on Milk With Tea Magazine. 05-23-15
Issue 01 of Attic Zine (Print). 02-15-16
Maya Fuhr Interview for The FADER. 06-23-16.
Shaniqwa Jarvis Interview for The FADER. 08-18-16.
Brooklyn Caribbean Restaurants for The FADER. 09-01-16.
What a Time To Be a Teen for The FADER Issue 106 (Print). 10-04-16.


AWARDS
Three gold keys and two honorable mentions. 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
Three silver keys. 2016 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards


drop me a line: paul@paulmclaren.co