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.
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