Paul Bodin was born in New York City in 1910. He studied briefly at the National Academy of Design, and from 1928 at the Art Students League. In the 1930s and early 40s he was part of the close circle of artists that included Milton Avery, Mark Rothko and Adolph Gottlieb; forming a strong and lasting friendship with Gottlieb in
In the 1930s Bodin worked with the WPA Federal Arts Project, in the easel painting division, and he had his first solo exhibition in 1936,at the Eighth Street Playhouse Gallery,NewYork.Bodin began painting in an abstract style in 1945, and exhibited widely in the 1940s and 50s. He had solo shows at Laurel Gallery, Rose Fried Gallery and Betty Parsons Gallery,and group shows in NewYork, Provincetown (where two of these works were exhibited at HCE Gallery), Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art and many others.
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