Paul LaFlam


St. Louis-based painter Paul LaFlam creates large scale, fluid, one-shot expressionist paintings.

Each painting is started and completed in his mind several times before he even starts an actual painting. This is so he will not get distracted as much by wonderful things that the paint accomplishes on its own that he did not anticipate. With the exception of a few, his paintings are completed in one session; LaFlam prefers the instant gratification, and if a work takes even one day longer, he finds it increasingly difficult to remain focused on the original idea.

LaFlam paints at a large scale for a couple of reasons: it is fun and he wants to get the viewers attention from across the room, maybe even from across the street, then pull them in closer and closer, to enjoy the journey. Within each painting, there are many small worlds waiting to be discovered.