Paul Chidlaw (American/Ohio 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.
From 1928-1932 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 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.
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
1942-1944: Paul had a studio on Gilbert Avenue, Cincinnati, painting and teaching
1944:Paul served in the Engineer Division in the United States Army with an honorable discharge
1945:Paul was employed at Wright Aeronautical Corporation until the end of WWII
1946-1963: Paul was a drawing instructor at Storey's Commercial Art School in East Walnut Hills, OH
1947-1962: Paul was a painting instructor at the Art Academy of Cincinnati
1952: August, Painting vacations in Maine
1963: Married Madge Smith, who the librarian at the Cincinnati Art Museum
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,
1968: established studio in Rookwood Bldg, Mt. Adams, Cincinnati, where he gave day & night classes
1972:October, exhibition at Emery Gallery on Edgecliff, College, Cincinnati
January, Instillation of 18 paintings by Chidlaw in New Standard Federal Savings Offices at 525
1976: Vine Street, Cincinnati, January Exhibition at A.B. Closson Co.
1977:Traveled to Greece Exhibition at A.B. Closson Co., January-March
November, Inclusion in the "Art of the Landscape" exhibition of paintings by 19th 1979: & 20th Century American artists at Closson's Appointment as Artist in Residence at Edgecliff College, moved studio to Carriage House on campus: September-October exhibition at Emery Gallery
1980:May 13th Commencement Address by Chidlaw and awarded Honorary Degree;
1981:October-November Exhibition at Emery Gallery
Feb, 28th, Interview with Chidlaw and tour of his studio presented on WCET-TV, Cincinnati.
1982:October-November Exhibition at Emery Gallery
1984: October 22, participation in a reception for the "Arts of Edgecliff College" with an exhibition of his work in his studio
1985:October Exhibition at Emery Gallery
October inclusion in "Focus on Art; Figurative Art" exhibition presented by Central Trust
Bank, Fifth & Main Streets, Cincinnati
August 24th - October 27th, 1st Museum Exhibition, Miami University Art Museum, Oxford,OH