Paul Kline was born in Pennsylvania and began drawing and painting at an early age, intrigued and encouraged by the artistic work of several family members. Kline’s formal training was classically oriented, focusing on painting and color theory, and he was mentored by Emory Bopp, a student of Josef Albers.
Kline initially focused on figurative and representational art. However, after struggling with a movement disorder that inhibits fine motor control, he turned his focus to non-representational art. He’s greatly influenced by German Expressionism and Abstract Expressionism. Artists of both movements emphasized expressing feelings and ideas over representing reality and their work was characterized by simplified forms and gestural marks or brushstrokes.
Kline is often inspired by memories of places and events, and he works with his emotional reactions to colors, shapes, and surface textures as a painting develops. He observes everyday surroundings in the form of lines, shapes, shadows, patterns, and colors. As a painting progresses, Kline incorporates simplified forms and gestural mark making, producing a sense of balance and harmony or emphasizing fluctuation and dissonance.
Having travelled widely and lived in several countries, Kline now lives and paints in Savannah, Georgia. His work is in private and public collections both nationally and internationally.