In a decade when the average rainfall was higher and the temperatures were lower than those of current times, Paul Guido spent many of his winter months in true Northern California drawing surreal plant life and landscapes and reading and writing stories until he moved to the Bay Area in 1991. Over the next decade and a half he spent more time on music than writing stories and his drawings ceased all together until the winter of 2005, when a severe climbing accident left him largely immobile and, in his downtime, he started drawing again. The subjects of these new drawings were of community, family and love expressed through the forms of human-like botanicals. A trip to Paris later that year birthed an idea for a book in which the botanical drawings would be arranged into a story about the inter-connectedness of all beings. The prints on display are a selection from that book. The book is not yet published.
Paul’s work will be featured at the Rare Bird on Thursday, January 19 2012.