Paula Pohli’s ‘Juxtapositions’ debuts at the Kenny Gallery

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KEEPING BUSY Paula Pohli pictured at work in her Mayo studio during lockdown.

Juxtapositions brings Paula Pohli’s linocuts and tempera paintings together in the Kenny Gallery, Galway from September 10. A selection of her linocuts are juxtaposed with her tempera paintings: black and white with colour linocuts; older work with recent work; city themes with country life; county Mayo rural life held in contrast with Galway; New York with her native Dublin.
Above all, the exhibition shows the artist’s love of nature and the natural world in the country and in the city. She acknowledges the beauty of the man-made too in her series of ‘sheds’. This exhibition shows the natural juxtaposed with the man-made.
The artist thinks farmers and artists have common interests: both love animals; both watch the weather for changes that occur hourly; both care for flora and fauna, and both work long hours.
Paula’s beloved linocut prints are cut, inked and printed entirely by hand without a printing press, and offered in very low editions. Her egg tempera paintings are created in an expressive Giotto-esque manner with yolk of egg, purified water, and carefully selected pigments.
In 2015, LINO and EGG by Paula  in Darc Space Gallery, nearly sold-out in Dublin. Maggie Moran of Darc Space, described Paula’s work as ‘method meeting modernity’. Irish Times critic, Aidan Dunne called Paula ‘a specialist in Linocuts and an exacting technician’ in 2020.
Her successful Dublin show, Exhibition for a Good Man, interrupted by Covid-19 health restrictions, was dedicated to her husband Walter. If she wasn’t already active enough, Paula has also written a book about birds in her garden during lockdown.
A testament to the artist’s standing in her field, six of Paula’s works have recently been acquired by the National Gallery of Ireland for the national collection. Keep an eye on www.thekennygallery.ie for the whole collection in the run up to the exhibition, and a link to a streamed opening speech on September 10.
This is the artist’s first solo exhibition at the Kenny Gallery after a long association, and continues 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, until October 6. Admission is free and all are welcome.