Paul Chidlaw

Cincinnati's first Abstract Expressionist, the Ran Gallery handles the Chidlaw artistic estate.

Biography

(American, 1900-1989)
Paul Chidlaw was born in Cleves, Ohio in 1900 to Edward H. and Carolyn Guise Chidlaw. From 1919-1923, Paul studied at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. From 1924-1927, he was a designer for commercial films in Cincinnati, Ohio, and in 1927 he studied at L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Fountainbleu, France. Between 1928 and 1932, he studied with Jean Despuiols and Andre'Lhote, Paris. Paul Chidlaw painted in oil, watercolor, acrylic, etchings, pastel, charcoal and pencil. His artwork is displayed in the Cincinnati Art Museum and Xavier University.

There is a gallery in the Art Academy of Cincinnati named the "Chidlaw Gallery," because they considered him to be one of the finest artists (and certainly the earliest abstract expressionist) in the 20th Century in the Cincinnati area.

Paul Chidlaw painted in oil, watercolor, acrylic, etchings, pastel, charcoal, pencil.  His artwork in displayed in the Cincinnati Art Museum and Xavier University.  There is a gallery in the Art Academy of Cincinnati named the "Chidlaw Gallery", because they considered him to be one of the finest artists (and certainly the earliest abstract expressionist) in the 20th century in the Cincinnati area.

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. Chidlaw died in 1989.

 

1932-1935: He traveled and studied in Europe and North Africa

1935: He returned to Paris and then to Cincinnati

1936-1937: Paul had a studio on Third Street, Cincinnati; teaching and painting privately and commissions, including WPA murals at Cincinnati Zoo and Greenhills Schools

1938-1942: Paul had a studio on Gilbert Avenue, Cincinnati, painting and teaching

1942-1944: Paul served in the Engineer Division in the United States Army with an honorable discharge

1944-1945: Paul was employed at Wright Aeronautical Corporation until the end of WWII

1945-1946 Paul was a drawing instructor at Storey's Commercial Art School in East Walnut Hills, Cincinnati.

1946-1963: Paul was a painting instructor at the Art Academy of Cincinnati

1947-1952: August, Painting vacations in Maine

1952: Married Madge Smith, who the librarian at the Cincinnati Art Museum

1963: Summer, traveled to Europe to collect paintings and prints by Contemporary Artists for Art Gallery of H. & S. Pogue Company, Fourth and Race Streets, Cincinnati

1964: Opened studio on W McMillan Street, Cincinnati, teaching and painting. November 1 established a studio in Rookwood Bldg, Mt. Adams, Cincinnati, where he gave day & night classes

1968: October, exhibition at Emery Gallery on Edgecliff College. Cincinnati.

1972: January, installation of 18 paintings by Chidlaw in new Standard Federal Savings offices at 525Vine St. Cinti., January exhibition at A. B. Closson Gallery, Fourth and Race, Cincinnati. October, traveled to Greece.

1974: January - March, exhibition at A. B. Closson Gallery

1976: November, inclusion in "the Art of the Landscape" exhibition of paintings by 19th & 20th century American artists at A. B. Closson Gallery 
1977Appointment as artist in residence at Edgecliff College, moved studio to Carriage House on campus: September-October exhibition at Emery Gallery
1979May 13 commencement address by Chidlaw and awarded honorary degree; October - November exhibition at Emery Gallery.
1980February 28, interview of Chidlaw and tour of his studio presented on WCET-TV, Cincinnati; October - November exhibition at Emery Gallery.
1981October 22 participation a reception for "The Arts of Edgecliff College" with an exhibition of work in his studio.  
1982October exhibition at Emery Gallery
1984October inclusion in "Focus on Art: Figurative Art" exhibition presented by Central Trust Bank, 5th &  Main Sts., Cinti.
1985 August 24 - October 27, first museum exhibition, Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, Ohio.