“Shank’s fractured cubist approach that eliminates ornament and unnecessary information creates a compelling spatial depth and liberating freedom of form that dismantles any visual hierarchy. Color subtly clashes to animate the surface in syncopated moments, while undulating line and quick mark-making direct the eye. Shank’s combination of a light hand and dissonant color palette recall the gestures and surface application of early 20th century modernists known for founding American Synchromism: Stanton Macdonald-Wright and Morgan Russell.”

- Shannon Fitzgerald
“Paul Shank: Landscape, Still-life, Abstraction, and the Figure” Catalogue. Paintings and Works on Paper, 1964-2008, Philip Slein Gallery, March 2009, St. Louis , MO