Paula Pohli is a Linoprint maker based in her hometown of Dublin.
All of her prints are handproduced and are not printed with a Printing Press. They are essentially made on her kitchen worktop. Each print is produced individually and no mechanisation is involved. Paula tries to combine the centuries old manual art of printmaking with a cautious application of modern motifs and colour. Although some of her prints, for example “Maize Maze” and “Glacier”, have been reduced to essential forms, they do not lose contact with reality. She has made black and white prints since 1990, colour prints since 1995.
Stylistically she was influenced by the careful use of Composition in the prints or drawings in the art of past and modern Far Eastern printmasters (Japan and China). The strong colour palette of the German Expressionists, the black and white Graphic art of “Die Brücke”, the woodcuts of Lyonel Feininger and the playfulness of Paul Klee where strong connections for her art.
The landscape Lino prints are based on motifs from Ireland and NorthWestern Europe. Cities like Dublin, Cologne and New York have inspired me. Recent linear prints, “Playing with Pythagoras” are playful Lino drawings.
All of her prints are hand produced, from the initial drawing through to the block cutting and printing stages. No computer drawings are used and no mechanisation is involved in printing images onto paper. Each print is hand pulled.
Furthermore since 2001, she produce most of her own colour printing inks. Using mostly synthetic organic powder pigments and natural binders. This adds another layer of artistic control. The final colours of the prints are usually a blending of 3, 4, 5 or 6 different powder pigments. No dryers, additives, preservatives, or alcohols are used. Therefore some prints take 3-4 months to dry especially the red pigments. Printing by hand creates a chunky, impasto texture.
As each print is produced individually, small variations in the editions are probable. The mixing of 2-5 different pigments will of course lead to variant tones of colour during the different stages of printing.
Each print is unique but part of an edition. Editions are usually low: 1, 5, 7, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30. Handburnishing marks are visible on the reverse of the Lino prints.
Paula was born and educated in Dublin. She studied part-time at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, at University College Dublin and in Canada. She attended 5 years the Goethe Institute, Dublin, learning German (3 certificates). She studied with Cert/Fáilte Ireland (with Distinction).
Paula discovered Lino block printmaking 1987. She began exhibiting some of her Lino prints in Dublin and in Galway 1990. She worked fulltime in Trinity College, Dublin1988-1992, on the Long Room project (Book Restoration) she gave myself a long and careful printmaking apprenticeship.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Imprints 2, Dublin, Ireland
Bank of Ireland Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland
Gallery De Ploeg, Groningen, Holland
National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland
FrauenLiterarisches Café, Wuppertal, Germany
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Contemporary Art Network, New York, NY
Summer Print, Dublin, Ireland
United in Art - art of the British Isles and Ireland, Agora Gallery, New York, NY
Off the Wall/Little Christmas showa at Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Treat : Talbot Gallery Dublin, Ireland
Royal Ulster Academy Annual exhibition, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Lessedra 7th World Art Print Annual Exhibition 3 prints, Bulgaria
Adam’s Irish art auctions April 8th and June 12th, Dublin, Ireland
Ice, Water and Oil Gallery, Minnesota USA
Adam's Irish Art auctions, Dublin, Ireland
Treat, Talbot Gallery Dublin, Ireland
Christmas Show, Graphic Studio Dublin, Bridge Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Fächer/ Fans, Cologne Graphic Studio, Cologne, Germany
6th Lessedra World Art Print Annual, Bulgaria
Small Print Big Impressiion: International Mini Print exhibition, UK
6th International Miniature Print Biennial,Centre of Contemporary Printmaking, USA
Impressions, Galway, Ireland
Postcard Show, Surface Gallery, UK
3 person Exhibition Atrium Gallery, Longford, Ireland
PRINTS: invited Groupshow Bridge Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Iontais, Small Works exhibition, Sligo, Ireland
Figurative Art Fair:12 invited artists Town Hall Dun Laoighaire, Dublin, Ireland
Gallery Iliev, Cologne, Germany
Surface GalleryPostcard – Christmas show. UK
Christmas Show, Graphic Gallery /Bridge Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Lemon Street Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Microsoft works show - invited artist Dublin, Ireland
Christmas shows/summer shows Dublin,Kennys, Galway, Ireland
Claremorris Open Mayo .Scarborough Open Print show UK
Monagahn Open exhibition Monaghan
Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition Dublin, Ireland
Iontais Exhbition, Sligo, Ireland
Monaghan Open Exhibition Monaghan, Ireland
Oireachtais curated Dublin
Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibtion Dublin, Ireland
Iontais Sligo and Dublin Graphic Gallery, Ireland
2008 Dublin Corporation grant
1993 Goethe Institute language study Bursary in Germany
1995 Arts Council Materials award
Allied Irish Bank modern art collection, Office of Public Works - state of the Art collection
Mater Hospital , Tallagh Institute of Technology, University College Dublin,
Holles Street Hospital Collection,Tralee Institute of Technology,
University of North Carolina USA,
Schools in Dublin and Bray-
Dr Eddie MacParland TCD, Marianne Hartigan of the Sunday Tribune,
Ellen Rowley and friends, Yumiko Kameda, Dr Cyril Smith, John Cardy,
Juliet O’Reilly, Michael O’Reilly actor, Mrs J Breathnach, Michael Hickey,
Breda Mayock , Anna Butler. Ms Jenny O’Leary and friends.
Laura and Daniel Blair USA etc.