Paul Chidlaw - Painter from Cincinnati

Paul Chidlaw (1900  1989) was a colorist who painted in oil, watercolor, acrylic, etchings, pastel, charcoal, pencil.  His artwork is displayed in the Cincinnati Art Museum and Xavier University. He was certainly one of the earliest abstract expressionists in the Cincinnati area.  Chidlaw was an instructor at Our Lady of Cincinnati College (now part of Xavier University). He also taught at the Art Academy of Cincinnati from 1946 to 1963.Of his work, Chidlaw said “I’m not a person who represents. I present. Landscapes are outside. Paintings are inside. Therefore they are more from the mind and not a copy of something. That way I can get a good copy of nature as I feel it and understand it”Paul Chidlaw was afflicted with macular degeneration in his last years, yet would do black and white drawings every day only being able to see with peripheral vision. He was driven to create something new every day.  Paul Chidlaw died in 1989.

 

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