About The Artist
Paula Madawick was born in Fort Worth, Texas into the artistic home of leading industrial designer Tucker P. Madawick and textile designer Lois Long. When Paula was four, she, her mother and brother moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., and then to Rockland County, N.Y., where life itself became a study of the avant garde. Her formative years were formative indeed. Living with her mother and stepfather, the filmmaker Emil de Antonio, cultural forces such as John Cage, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and Merce Cunningham, friends of Paula’s family, were a constant presence and strong influence.
At 17 she moved into New York City, had a brief semester at the School of Visual Arts, quit and became artist’s assistant to Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, and continued her art education through life experience such as tending bar at Andy Warhol’s parties in the Factory. While immersed in the pop art world, she retreated into respectability and married John Cage’s cousin in 1965. Fifteen years later she divorced and restarted her art career.
Her early influences gave her the freedom to think and pursue art without conventional constraints. In 1980, Paula began drawing abstracts using colored pencils. She also began taking photographs. Ten years later, she drew her first colored pencil landscape from a photograph she had taken, a photograph of a de-construction, the remains of a collapsed, two hundred foot concrete retaining wall, scattered across an acre and a half of hillside. Paula found even with the limited size of her 4” x 6” photograph, the enormity of the site made it necessary for her to draw large and she did; a three by eight foot drawing on watercolor paper with water soluble colored pencils and monkey hair brushes. She titled the drawing: East of Nine West, Summer. She photographed and drew the three other seasons in the same large scale and many smaller drawings of the location.
The camera became an extension of her eye. She would photograph a unique situation, a situation she knew would change tomorrow, and record details she would need later to explore the intricacies involved. She would use lens distortion and color printing distortion to her advantage. She edited her photos through improvisation, using everyday techniques to enlarge an image on black and white copy machines, slice and dice the enlargements, and image the composition, the drawing, in color. She now uses a color copier but does not rely on the color of the copy. Her realistic drawings are a culmination of a chance happening, current technology, old-fashioned paste-up and rendering experience.
Big, small, realistic, abstract, drawn or painted, Paula continues exploring the genre of landscape, her subject choice unusual, the media varying widely, her craftsmanship formed by a lifetime immersed in, and practicing: Art.
In 1997, Vivian Raynor of The New York Times reviewed Paula’s work and stated, “Her choice of style smacks of a rebellion against rebellion.” Paula continues the rebellion; look closely.
EXHIBITIONS: A brief history of 50 years:
New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY; foa Gallery, New York, NY; Mathew Marks Gallery, New York, NY; Riverdale Art Center, Riverdale, NJ; National Arts Club, New York, NY; Ormund Memorial Art Museum, Ormond Beach, FL; The City of Brea Gallery, Brea, CA; The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Covington, KY; Blue Hill Arts and Cultural Center, Pearl River, NY; Expo New Mexico Fine Arts Gallery, Alberquerque, NM; Wheth-Ayerst Pharmaceuticals of North America, Pearl River, NY; St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY; Academy of Art College, San Francisco, CA; Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY; Rockland Historical Society, New City, NY; Lorraine Kessler Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY; State University of New Jersey, Newark, NJ; Mikhail Zakin Gallery, Demarest, NJ; Washington State Convention and Trade Show, Seattle, WA; Arts Council of Rockland, Spring Valley, NY Irving Goldman Gallery, Jersey City, NJ; Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ; Edward Hopper House Art Center, Nyack, NY; Lakewood Center for the Arts, Lake Oswego, OR; Allen Sheppard Gallery, Piermont, NY; Palmer Museum, Springfield, NJ; Montclair University, Montclair, NJ; Bergen Museum, Paramus, NJ; Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY.
Also included in eight Art of the Northeast, a prestigious juried exhibition at the Silvermine Gallery, New Canaan, CT.
In the Collection of: Chase Manhattan Bank, NA, New York, NY; Rutgers University, Newark, NJ; Autosport International, Bloomington, IN; Snake Island Research, Toronto, Canada; Bergen Museum of Art and Science, Paramus, NJ; private collector names upon request.
TEACHING EXPERIENCE, a partial listing:
- From 1997 to the present at the Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY: Drawing in Color, colored pencil. From 2007 to 2014, ArtStart, basic drawing. Additional classes taught include: Releasing the Artist Within, Basic Figure Drawing, Art As Photography, The Elements and Drawn to Collage.
- From 2003 to 2011 at The Art School at Old Church, Demarest, NJ: To the Point With Colored Pencils, and Basic Drawing.
- Workshop Instructor, Colored Pencils at: Silvermine Art Center, New Canaan, CT; Pascack Valley Art Association, Westwood, NJ; National Convention of the Colored Pencil Society of America, Seattle, WA. Workshop Instructor, The Business of Art at: Rockland Community College, Suffern, NY; Highland Cultural Center, Highland, NY; Hudson Valley Potters Association, Portchester, NY; Edward Hopper House Art Center, Nyack, NY.
- 1995 to 1999, Executive Director and Gallery Director, Edward Hopper House Art Center, Nyack, NY. Curated and co-curated over 40 exhibitions including Realism After Seven A.M. featuring artists Richard Estes, Malcolm Morley, Phillip Pearlstein, Mark Tansey and 21 other outstanding painters, and exhibition Leon Golub and George McNeil;
- 2000 to 2007, Gallery Director, Mikhail Zakin Gallery, Demarest, NJ, curated over 60 exhibitions featuring solo and group shows.
- 1980 to 1983, Assistant Art Director, Flair Display Co., Bronx, NY.
- 1968 Set Designer, Painter and Carpenter for Taming of the Shrew, Town Hall, New York, NY.
- 1962 to 1965, Artist Assistant: Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Jim Dine and Andy Warhol.
PUBLICATIONS & PERIODICALS: a partial listing:
- Curnow, Vera. Signature Showcase, 20 Years of CPSA Signature Status Artists, 2010 Lynx Group Printing, Salem,OR 2010
- Robert Zimmerman, ART; A Largely Traditional Show at Silvermine, The New York Times, review of group show. May 28, 2000
- Vivien Raynor, Master, Prodigy, and Rebel Drawer. The New York Times, review of solo show. November 30, 1997
- Curnow, Vera. Creative Colored Pencil Landscapes; Chapter Artist. Rockport Publisher, Rockport, MA. 1996
- Raynor, Vivien. One Of The Smoothest Lineups. The New York Times September 17, 1995
- The Best of Colored Pencils 3. Rockport Publishers 1995
- The Best of Colored Pencils 2, Rockport Publishers 1994
- The Rockland Journal News, numerous articles and a contributing artist to eight books about colored pencils.
EDUCATION: a partial listing:
Studied in New York City at: School of Visual Arts, commercial and fine arts; Art Students’ League, painting and anatomy; Cooper Union, colored pencil; Center for Book Arts, collage. 1992 Empire College, state University of New York, Bachelor of Visual Art.
AWARDS: a partial listing;
- 2014 10 year Signature Award, Colored Pencil Society of America, Daytona Beach, FL.
- 2013 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT. Vermont Residency Fellowship.
- 2011 St. Catherine Of Bologna, Ringwood, NJ Drawing 1st Place & Best in Show.
- 2004 The Gallery at Kent, Kent, CT, Award of Excellence Any Medium.
- 2002 New York’s Rockland County Executive Arts Award for “Individual Visual Artist”.
- 1999 Silvermine Gallery, New Canaan, CT, Art of the Northeast 50th Exhibition, “Drawing Award” from Allan Stone, Juror.
- 1998 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT. Vermont Residency Grant Award.
- 1995 Signature Award, Colored Pencil Society of America, Seattle, WA.
- 1979 Block Island Sand Building Contest, Block Island, RI, “Award of Excellence” Block Island, RI.