ARTIST BIO



PAUL J. PRICE BIOGRAPHY

Paul J. Price has been involved in the worlds of art, anthropology, preservation, and scholarship for the past forty years.

He is presently nearing completion of a massive array of artwork for Phase III of the Pechanga Resort & Casino in southern California. The project involves sculptures, mazes, rock art reproductions, and fifty paintings—some of which are produced as large as fifty feet wide and eighteen feet high. This impressive collection will represent the capstone of his multi-faceted career.

Price brings to the project many years of studying and working with the Luiseño people, of which the Pechanga tribe is a part.

He has played an integral role in the identification of Luiseño artifacts which were parts of private and museum collections. Price is also responsible for preserving many sites which were once significant Luiseño habitats and contained many significant features. His concern for the endangered sites resulted in him producing and directing two preservation videos. Finally, he is a researcher and educator, having helped many professors with their studies of southern Californian Native American culture and lectured himself on the heritage of the Luiseño people.


However, it is as an artist that Price has made his most significant mark. Price's painted landscapes and subjects are powerful, sweeping, and epic. He has the instinctive and sensitive ability to draw the emotions from the very heart of his subjects. His creative designs for both commercial and public attractions can be seen around the world. He worked on the historic restoration and theming of the Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk, help developed the original Chuck E. Cheese (and associated characters) for Pizza Time Theatre in Irving, TX, and directed and produced fabric lines and wall décor for national sales for Studio Four in Chicago, IL and Environmental Graphics in Minnetonka, MN.

His work on scenario interpretations, natural habitats, and museum displays is equally impressive. He produced the conceptual drawings for the Polynesian Cultural Park, Viti Levu, Fiji, designed the original Pechanga Cultural Museum, helped develop the present-day Pechanga Repository/Training Center, created and established the farm museum attraction at the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, CA, and consulted on preservation and the displays for the Lake Perris State Park Museum in Perris, CA.

Other projects, also global in scope, include art work on the Seattle World’s Fair, the Louisiana World Exposition, Parque de Diversiones in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Diversiones Moy Arcade in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Price has been awarded a U.S. Patent for electrical lighting a merchandise display concept for work done for one of his clients, Dunn-Edwards Paint, Los Angeles, CA. He received a California State Parks Superior Achievement Award for excellent service and contribution in preserving state archaeological sites in the Inland Empire District, and a Wall of Honor Plaque for outstanding service for his site recordings in southern California from the San Bernardino County Museum.

Presently he lives in Canyon Lake, California, with his wife and two cats.

 

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