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Paul has five decades of experience in the art industry, and is an expert in both contemporary and historical Canadian and International art.

Paul’s very early experience was working for Mido Gallery in Vancouver, and before opening Kyle’s Gallery in Victoria in 1975, Paul ran the Burnaby Art Centre and Open Space. At Kyle’s Gallery, Paul represented artists such as Jack Shadbolt, Maxwell Bates, and Jack Wise, among others, and brought the works of European masters, including Picasso, Renoir, Chagall, Matisse, Rodin, Vuillard, and Bonnard to the quiet city of Victoria, setting a new standard for Canadian galleries. By the mid 80’s the gallery changed hands and became Winchester Galleries. By 1989, Paul opened The Alexander Gallery in Vancouver, by then Paul’s focus was on non-representational paintings as well as secondary contemporary and historical Canadian and international works. The Alexander Gallery also showcased the works of Paul’s father, Joseph Kyle, whose work continues to make headway in Canadian art history. The Alexander Gallery was also instrumental in creating an exhibition on the work of Maxwell Bates for the Victoria College of Art Gallery. In 2003, Paul incorporated Elan Fine Art, in the early days, the gallery was a by-appointment-only space, and in 2016, opened at the current location on East 1st Ave. Elan Fine Art rebranded as Paul Kyle Gallery in late 2022.

Paul opened his first gallery because he wanted the works of certain artists to be seen, and he feels that art is the only physical manifestation of the existence of a divine power that dwells within us. Paul holds a high standard for every work that is shown in the gallery, he subscribes to what Picasso used to say, that “a gallery is as good as its worst work”. Paul often expresses that the life of a gallerist is not for the faint of heart, it is a calling, every immaculately installed exhibition and glamorous opening is the tip of the iceberg, and if everything looks as if it has easily found its right place, we have done our job.


Paul Kyle

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