Paul Ullrich grew up in Queens, New York. He is a graduate of the High
School of Art and Design, and is an Honours graduate from the School of
Visual Arts. He and his wife Marge moved to Surrey, B.C. in 1972, where he
worked as a staff artist at the Surrey-Delta Messenger and Carolina
Publications. He also contributed cartoons to The Coquitlam Enterprise, The
Richmond Review and The Westender.
In 1975, he moved to Winnipeg, where he worked in the art department of
Bulman Bros. In 1978 he joined the editorial art staff at the Winnipeg Free
Press, where he remained for 15 years. During this time, he also contributed
illustrations for the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Winnipeg Magazine and the
Report on Farming. He taught a cartooning course at the Prairie Theatre
Exchange and lectured at the Festival of Language Arts from 1982 to 1984.
From 1982 to 1989, he did a weekly comic strip, PEACHES, syndicated by
the Copley News Syndicate of San Diego, California.
In 1986 he worked with DOONESBURY cartoonist Gary Trudeau for the COMIC
RELIEF and HANDS ACROSS AMERICA projects. Cartoons for these efforts were
published in LIFE magazine and in a book, COMIC RELIEF, published by Henry Holt.
He also contributed PEACHES cartoons for the American Cancer Society's Great
American Smokeout, Global EdMed Supplies, and Guiding Eyes for the Blind.
In 1990, he completed an animation course at the Winnipeg Film Group, and
joined the Manitoba Society of Independent Animators, where he served on the
board for many years. In 1992, he decided to pursue a career as an
independent animator and freelance artist.
His first animated cartoon, SILENCE OF THE CLAMS, has won the Manitoba
Motion Picture Industry Association's BLIZZARD award plus an award from the
Canadian International Annual Film and Video Festival, and was screened and
broadcasted internationally. His second cartoon, LOVE MEANS NEVER ASKING YOU
TO SHAVE YOUR LEGS, was also successfully screened and broadcasted across
Canada, and has received two awards from the Canadian International Annual
Film and Video Festival in 2000.
Paul: "As far as Murals go I just sort of fell into it. Originally I was part of The Manitoba
Society of Independent Animators and it was our idea to approach Take Pride Winnipeg
to do a Mural about animation. At that time we had no takers. Later they called me to
ask me if I was interested in doing a Zoo Mural for Assiniboine Park. Back then, Take
Pride's mandate with Murals was primarily to paint bridges and underpasses, and also to
work with students from a nearby school. I've worked with elementary school students
and high school students and everything in between. I had never painted a wall in my
life, but I jumped in for the experience. I didn't want to duck the challenge. It's the same
way I've gotten into everything else-animation, teaching: someone would come to me and
say 'do you want to do this' and I'd say sure! And I really enjoyed working with the
students on each and every Mural project."
He has painted a total of nine Murals around Winnipeg for Take Pride Winnipeg. One of
them, rendered for the Red Cross building with a blood donation theme, no longer exists.
Since 1997, he has drawn a weekly editorial cartoon for the
Transcontinental newspaper group, which publishes four weekly newspapers in
Winnipeg. In 1998, he won a Canadian Community Newspaper award for one of
these editorial cartoons.
From 1997 to 2002, he was involved with the Applied Multimedia Training
Centre, first in an advisory capacity, then as a lecturer for their 3D
animation course. He served as a full time instructor for their 2D animation
course from 1999 to 2001. "When I got an offer to teach animation at the Centre, I
decided to go for it because I had an enjoyable experience already working with students
with the Murals. Even though I hadn't done any teaching before, I knew that it would be
enjoyable. When you're working with a motivated student it's marvellous and that's
what inspired me to accept this position."
In 1996, he wrote, produced and co-directed a play for the Popular
Theatre Alliance of Manitoba titled THE WORST THING I EVER DID. He has also
produced two programs for four years on VPW public access TV, titled COMICS
AND CARTOONS and ROGER ROCKET PILOT. He currently draws editorial
cartoons for Transcontinental Weeklies, publishers of the METRO, LANCE, TIMES, and
the HERALD here in Winnipeg. He and his wife are currently
performing in a theatre group for the Nor'west Co-op Community Health
An active volunteer, he has served as an Eucharistic minister, lector and
bingo volunteer for several Catholic churches in Winnipeg. He was also a
Scout leader for three years and a Youth Group leader.
Paul Ullrich lives in Tyndall Park with his wife Marge.
Email Paul at: email@example.com
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