Paula Cahill, Sea Fan
Paula Cahill, Sea Fan, 2021, Acrylagouache on paper, 4 x 6 inches, mounted and double matted on white to 11 x 14 inches.
Paula Cahill writes of her work: I created this series of six paintings specifically for POST 2021. I started by freely drawing from the movements of fish and structures of marine organisms. These records became the catalysts for the small compositions that eventually took on lives of their own. Each layer is comprised of a single line interspersed with intentional splats from the brush. These elements, along with color, converge to suggest abstract and sometimes recognizable forms that reference oceans, boating, and summer themes.
Paula Cahill is a contemporary American artist. She is known for her dark blue paintings composed with a single, continuous line reminiscent of the bioluminescent light that emanates from sea-life at deep, dark depths. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Paula relocated to the Northeast where she received merit and academic scholarships while pursuing an education in the arts. She holds an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and a BFA from Tyler School of Art and Architecture. She also studied at the Art Students League of New York and Parsons School of Design as a transfer student. In 2019, Paula served as an undergraduate critic and speaker at Temple University. In addition, she was a visiting artist at the Westtown School in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Paula’s award-winning work has been exhibited extensively in solo and group shows throughout the North East. Her paintings are included in prestigious private and public collections throughout the United States, most notably the Charles Library Collection at Temple University, the PNC Bank Collection, and Capital One Headquarters to list a few. She has worked out of her studio at the historic Crane Buildings in the Kensington-Fishtown area of Philadelphia since 2013.