Paula Heisen
Medium: Painting

Studio Location:
43-01 21st St - Studio# 302
43-01 21st St additional entrance 43-02 22nd St



Artist Bio:
A graduate of the Yale School of Art MFA program, I have exhibited my work throughout the United States, with solo exhibitions in New York, Pennsylvania and Texas. Among the grants and awards I've received are a Joan Mitchell Emergency Grant, an Elizabeth Foundation Grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts grant and an Ingram Merrill Foundation Grant, scholarships to Yale, the Skowhegan School, the New York Studio School and UC Santa Barbara. I have taught at the Fashion Institute of Technology (NYC), Lehman College (Bronx, NY), Oxbow Summer Program (Michigan), Yale University's Summer Program (New Haven, CT) and at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Artist Statement:
Working on the parallel tracks of still life and landscape, I am captivated by the mysterious drama of light and dark. Raised in Southern California, I played in suburban yards with sun-carved zones of dazzling brights and cool depths. Indoors, I was transfixed by the film noir classics that were staples of 1950s television. That light outside, and the flickering light on our small black and white TV, is a continuing presence in my work. The intersection of these two paths lies in the perceptual and emotional appropriation of light: I hope that the precision of tone and color creates the vivid, slightly hallucinatory reality of an irrational dream. For this 2024 Open Studio, I will be presenting the landscapes I've done in the past few years.

All images and text copyright Paula Heisen