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Paula MacArthur


Paula MacArthur is a painter, trained at the Royal Academy & Turps Art Schools, & was a John Moore’s Painting Prize winner in 1993.

Paula’s current focus is crystals & jewels, these are explorations of colour & light, a contemporary response to Dutch 17th century vanitas painting. Solitary, precious stones are captured in the spotlight, displayed as icons which lure us in and quietly invite us to investigate the multifaceted associations we bring to these treasures.

Graham Crowley, painter & professor of Painting at RCA (98-2006) included his essay on Paula's Jewel series of paintings, 'Still Light', in his book 'I Don't Like Art - Studies in value and meaning'

Exhibition highlights include Made in Britain - National Museum Gdansk Poland (2019), In the Future curated by Rosalind Davis at Collyer Bristow Gallery (2018), Contemporary Masters from Britain touring four museums in China (2017), Slippery & Amorphous London & Brooklyn NYC (2016), Creekside Open selected by Richard Deacon (2015), What the Folk Say - Compton Verney Warwickshire (2011), Four Self-Portrait Artists - Walker Art Gallery Liverpool (1994), Young Contemporaries - Whitworth Art Gallery (1989).

Permanent collections include National Portrait Gallery London, Priseman Seabrook Collection & Jiangsu Art Museum in China.

Paula is a member of the artist-led group Contemporary British Painting & teaches on the BA Painting course at OCA.

Selected Works

I saw everything

Paintings - 30x30 cm

Maybe if I fall asleep

Paintings - 120x120 cm

Falling from the sky

Paintings - 30x30 cm

Keep me in a dream

Paintings - 150x120 cm

I will lead you (out of here)

Paintings - 160x100 cm

In her own mad mind

Paintings - 100x100 cm

Who's to say that I'm unhappy

Paintings - 200x300 cm

Promise me one thing

Paintings - 140x140 cm

Let me be your eyes

Paintings - 140x140 cm

All the joy that could be

Paintings - 30x30 cm

Turning from the dark

Paintings - 30x30 cm

Still I’m going to miss you

Paintings - 30x30 cm

You're going to be mine

Paintings - 30x30 cm

I will never let you go

Paintings - 45x35 cm

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