Paul Etienne Lincoln

Paul Etienne Lincoln

Fellow: Awarded 2009

Field of Study: Fine Arts

Competition: US & Canada

British-born artist Paul Etienne Lincoln creates works of startling complexity, often involving intricate combinations of chemical, mechanical, and electrical elements, that evolve over years, and sometimes over decades. Among his best known works are In Tribute to Madame de Pompadour and the Court of Louis XV (1982-91), Ignisfatuus (1996-97), a site-specific installation honoring the late American operatic soprano Rosa Ponselle, which was supported by a grant from and exhibited at the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore; and Hyberbaric-Hypobaric (2005- ), created with support from the Henry Moore Foundation. A grant from the Peter Reed Foundation enabled him to make the short film Undine’s Curse, which documents the creation of Hyperbaric-Hypobaric. During his Guggenheim Fellowship term, Mr. Lincoln intends to finish his 24-part installation New York-New York, which he has been working on since 1986.

In addition to dozens of group exhibitions, Mr. Lincoln has mounted solo exhibitions at the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore; Westfälisches Landesmuseum in Münster, Germany; the New York Public Library; Reykjavik Art Museum; Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Salzburg, Austria; the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; among many other venues. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the New York Public Library, and the Arts Council in England.

Mr. Lincoln has been a guest lecturer at the Rhode Island School of Design; Maryland Institute of Art; Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste in Braunschweig, Germany; and the Visual Arts Program of Columbia University.