Approved: 31.01.2013

Paula MacArthur

Artist, Arts administrator, Curator, Event organiser, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 31.01.2013

Solo exhibition catalogue with an essay by Graham Crowley can be viewed here; http://issuu.com/paulamacarthur/docs/catalogue_infinitely_precious_thing Paula MacArthur's recent series of large scale canvases focuses on jewels. Enlarged a thousand times these tiny stones transform into celestial entities. These paintings are a personal celebration of love and over time have come to encompass universal

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  • Location: Rye, South East
  • Contexts: Exhibition
  • Artforms: Glass, Painting, Printmaking
  • Tags: abstracted, colour, gestural, jewel, painterly, abstraction, expressionist, red, benday dot, cmyk, screen print, works on paper, brushmark, gemstone, gem
 
 
 

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    Artist Statement

    Solo exhibition catalogue with an essay by Graham Crowley can be viewed here; http://issuu.com/paulamacarthur/docs/catalogue_infinitely_precious_thing Paula MacArthur's recent series of large scale canvases focuses on jewels. Enlarged a thousand times these tiny stones transform into celestial entities. These paintings are a personal celebration of love and over time have come to encompass universal desires and obsessions. Working with viscous paint beside pools of barely tinted turps and using exaggerated intense colour the artist pushes the medium towards the extremes of its capabilities. Working quickly and instinctively MacArthur places colour onto the canvas working with wet on wet glazes, merging oily translucent layers with the brush and dropping colour, allowing it to bleed and grow into the surface. From a distance brush marks and the trails of running paint are invisible, the paintings appear cohesive, even photographic, then as the viewer approaches the images disintegrate. The paint becomes as ephemeral as the jewel's sparkle, the focus moves from the gemstone to the physicality of the paint and echoes the elusive ideals these minute treasures symbolise.

    CV & Education

    Education

    2014     Turps Banana Painting Program

    1993    Royal Academy Schools, Post-Graduate Diploma, Fine Art Painting 

    1990    Loughborough College of Art and Design, BA Hons, Fine Art Painting

     

    Awards

    London Festival Fringe Art Award, second place 

    Prize winner, John Moores 18, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 

    Royal Academy Schools Prize for painting 

    First Prize Winner, John Player Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery

     

    Current & Forthcoming exhibitions

    2014    Infinitely Precious Things, solo exhibition

                 VJB Arts, 60 Threadneedle Street, London, EC2R 8HP

                 24 January - 9 May, weekdays and weekends, 8am - 9pm

     

    Solo Exhibitions

    2014    Infinitely Precious Things, VJB Arts at 60 Threadneedle Street, London, EC2R 8HP

    2010    Amusement Paintings, Brighton Media Centre, East Sussex 

    2009    Showtime, The Coningsby Gallery, 30 Tottenham St, London, W1T 4RJ

    2009    Seaside Special, solo exhibition, The Arts Forum, St Leonards, East Sussex

     

    Selected Group Exhibitions

    2014     20 Painters, Phoenix Gallery, 10-14 Waterloo Place, Brighton

    2014     The Print Garden, Rye Art Gallery, High Street, Rye, East Sussex

    2013    Christmas BOGOF, WW Gallery, 34/35 Hatton Garden, London, EC1N 8DX

    2013    Crash Open Salon, Charlie Dutton Gallery, 1a Princeton Street, London WC1R 4AX

    2013    Navigate, The Old Cinema, Bexhill, in association with the De La Warr Pavillion

    2013    The Femail Project, The Article Gallery, Birmingham City University

    2013    The Open West, Newark Park Gloucestershire, touring to Cheltenham Art Gallery

    2013    Covert and Obscured, Frances Bardsley Gallery, Romford

    2013    Tasty Modern, Schwartz Gallery, London

    2012    Seeing in the Dark, The Fletcher Centre, Rye, East Sussex

    2012    Minutiae, The Stone Space, London

    2012    ALAS Autumn Residency Exhibition, Matt Roberts Arts, Vyner Street, London

    2012    Pushing Print, The Pie Factory, Margate

    2012    The Perfect Nude, touring to Wimbledon Space, Exeter Phoenix Gallery & 

                Charlie Smith London

    2012    Summer Games, Nolias Gallery, 60 Great Suffolk Street, London SE1 0BL 

    2012    3x3, Cultivate, Vyner Street, London

    2011    What the Folk Say, 26 March - December 2011, Compton Verney, Warwickshire 

    2010    Remasters, The Rag Factory, 16 Heneage Street, Off Brick Lane, London E1 

    2010    A Thousand Words; an installation for Art in Romney Marsh, St. Nicholas’  Church 

    2010    London Festival Fringe Art Award, The Gallery, 3 Bedfordbury, Covent Garden

    2005    Ahoy Kunst Event, Rotterdam, Netherlands 

    1994    Four Self Portrait Artists, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 

    1993     Prize winner, John Moores 18, Walker Art gallery, Liverpool 

    1993     Royal Academy Post-Graduates, Grassimuseum, Leipzig, Germany 

    1991-3    Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, London 

    1989    Young Contemporaries, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester 

    1989    First Prize Winner, John Player Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery

     

    Publications

    Infinitely Precious Things, solo exhibition catalogue, http://issuu.com/paulamacarthur/docs/catalogue_infinitely_precious_thing

    The Open West 2013 exhibition catalogue

    Pushing Print Festival 2012 exhibition catalogue

    What the Folk Say exhibition catalogue, Compton Verney

    The Importance of Sequences, Clinical Chemist, Marek H Dominiczak

    Self; Portraits from around the world, compiled by Craig Kerrecoe

    John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 18, National Merseyside Galleries and Museums

    Royal Academy Schools student exhibition, introduction by Norman Rosenthal

    Painting Today, Bonhams, foreward by Nicholas Usherwood

    Ten years of the John Player Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery

     

    Selected Collections

    National Portrait Gallery, London 

    Baron and Baroness von Oppenheim 

    Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors 

    Loughborough Grammar School 

    Ted Baker London

    Hilton Double Tree Hotel, Park Lane