Paul Chojnowski’s work has evolved over the years through an early period of geometric abstraction to incorporate his academic training in figuration and realism. Throughout his career a distinguishing characteristic has been the use of nontraditional media and tools in his art making. His current work, images burned into paper and wood evolved as a result of his conscious effort to embrace art historical traditions while rejecting traditional processes. Chojnowski began burning and scorching wood and paper to create his images in the early 1990’s.
Chojnowski’s “Fire Drawings” have been shown in group and solo exhibitions in art centers, museums and galleries nationally and he has won several prestigious awards. His work was part of the set decoration on the Scott Hicks film No Reservations, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart, as well as the Nancy Meyers film It's Complicated starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin. A documentary titled Aglow by Howard Libov featured the making of Paul’s work and has been shown at film festivals around North America.