Is it possible to pinpoint when straight and curved lines were invented? The contours of ancient rock paintings give us organic lines and line is evident in the motifs of early Greek vessels and Egyptian Funerary art. Renaissance artists were lauded for their invention of perspective, a system contrived of straight lines that extend to infinity. Modernists isolated and formalized gestural line as subject. I strive to extend this conversation by painstakingly mixing and repeatedly laying down up to 100 gradients of color in my attempts to contemporize line.

Paula Cahill studied the figure for many years before transitioning to complex, abstract paintings.  Her linear abstract compositions are often comprised of a single, luminous line that meanders, changes color, and seamlessly connects back to itself.

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Paula pursued an education in the arts after relocating to the Philadelphia area.  Her paintings are exhibited in the US and have garnered regional awards including "Best of Show" in the "Celebration of Life" exhibit at the Perelman Center and honorable mentions at Goggleworks and the Abington Art Center.

In 2018, the Seraphin Gallery hosted a solo exhibition of her work at the Yard in Center City, Philadelphia. A solo exhibition of Paula’s paintings was also on view in the Tile Gallery of the Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA in the fall of 2018.  Her new 2019 paintings are currently on exhibit in “Sacred Geometry” at Hot Bed Philly through April 9, 2019. A selection of her linear abstract paintings are also available at the Collector’s Month event at NoBa Artspaces, Bala Cynwyd during February, 2019. Cahill's paintings are held in private, public, and corporate collections including Temple University, Capital One, and PNC Bank Corporation.  Her studio is located in Philadelphia, PA.


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