“Each and every person has their own individual beauty, outside and inside..... they are in themselves great masterpieces of creation! Painting people is how I celebrate humankind and each person’s uniqueness, and I paint people as a tribute to our Creator.I’m basically self-taught (a work-in-progress!), taking inspiration from old masters as well as modern day artists.... I live for art. I love to look at it, and I love to create it.” ~ Pauline Adair
Born in New Zealand, Pauline moved to Sydney, Australia where she worked as the Advertising Manager of a national retail chain for 20 years. Relocation to Queensland meant that her long postponed passion for art could be given some attention, nurtured, and brought to life. Pauline joined art groups in Brisbane, and she was elected full member and Publicity Officer for the Half Dozen Group of Artists. She painted and exhibited landscapes and figurative works in many art shows and galleries. She has won over 50 awards and recognitions for her art.
Pauline has written and contributed articles to several artists’ forums and creative sites on the World Wide Web. She mentors student artists from all over the world and has collectors for her paintings in Italy, France, England, Ireland, America, Russia, Finland, Germany, Cyprus, Singapore, New Zealand & Australia.
In 2009 Pauline’s work was featured on the cover and in Sept edition 'Digital Reproduction Magazine' Her work also featured in the American black & white photographic magazine 'NUDE'.Australian Palette Magazine requisitioned Pauline to contribute an article – ‘Watercolour Figures’, which was published in their edition, number 120, April 2013.Sunshine Coast ‘Profile’ magazine featured one of Pauline’s nudes in its January 2014 issue. Australian Artist magazine published Pauline's article 'How an Artist Sees' in its November issue 2017.
Pauline has tutored many workshops locally and interstate: Portraits, Life Drawing, Figure drawing and painting - in many mediums – Charcoal, Pastels, Oils, Ink & Watercolours.
"I love my painting, teaching and mentoring, and I paint every single day if I possibly can..... I don’t want to go to my grave with my paintings still inside me!”
Pauline Adair - Exhibitions & Recognitions1991 Redlands Art Show: Highly Commended,1992 Redlands Show: 1st Prize Pastel; 2 X Highly Commended Oil;1993 Moreton Shire Art Competition: Highly Commended Watercolour. Redlands Show: 1st Prize Miniature.1st Prize Watercolour. 1st Prize, Redland Shire Council Special Award & Acquisition. Ernest Henry Memorial Art Contest: Highly Commended Portrait. Redcliffe Art Contest: Highly Commended Watercolour.1994 Brookfield Art Competition: Highly Commended Watercolour. Redlands Show: 2nd Prize Watercolour. 3rd Prize Oil.1995 Brookfield Art Competition: 3rd Prize Painting any Media; 3rd Prize Watercolour; Winner Oxlades Pastel Award. Redlands Show:1st Prize Figurative; 1st Prize Works on Paper. Queensland RNA Show: Commended Open Class; & Commended Watercolour. Redcliffe Art Contest: Commended Watercolour. Maroochydore Arts Festival: Highly Commended Watercolour.1996 Coffs Harbour City Exhibition: 1st Prize Figures & Faces. Redlands Show: 3rd Prize Oil/Acrylic. Maroochy Art Festival: Highly Commended. Moreton Bay College Festival: Commended. Currumbin Festival of Arts: Highly Commended, Watercolour.1997 MacGregor Lions Art Show: 2nd Prize Portrait; Highly Commended Watercolour.1998 MacGregor Lions Art Show: 2nd Prize Portrait1999 Kenilworth Art Show: Commended Oil.2000 Maleny Art Awards: 3rd Prize Oil/Acrylic. Maroochy Arts Festival: 2nd Prize Pastel.2001 Pine Rivers Art Award: People’s Choice. Maleny Art Awards: 1st Prize Pastel.2002 Maleny Art Awards: Highly Commended Pastel. Caloundra Art Awards: Highly Commended Drawing.2003 MalenyArt Awards: Highly Commended & Commended Oil/Acrylic.2004 Maleny Art Awards: Highly Commended Oil/Acrylic2005 Caloundra Art Festival: Pastel Award Gympie Goldrush: 1st Prize Portrait Highly Commended Open Commended Pastel 2006 Caloundra City Art Festival: Oil Award Highly Commended Pastel Kenilworth Art Show: 1st Prize ‘The Human Figure’ Gympie Gold Rush Ann. Exhibition: Pastel Award Entrant Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Prize2007 Entrant Archibald Prize2007 Entrant Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Prize2008 ‘Africa – Face to Face’ Portrait Exhib. Noosa Regional Gallery Winner Art4life Prize – Viewers’ Choice Kenilworth Art Show: Commended ‘Human Form’ Cooloola Art Awards: Commended, Open Section 2009 Kenilworth Art Show: 1st Prize 'The Human Form' Entrant Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Prize Entrant National Cricket Art Prize 2010 Entrant Archibald Prize Entrant Shirley Hannan Portrait Award Group Exhibition 'Bare', Carrington Gallery, Noosa Highly Commended “Art of the Body” Exhibition Entrant Doug Moran National Portrait Prize Entrant Kilgour Figurative Art Prize Entrant Portia Geach memorial Portrait Prize Kenilworth Art Show: 1st Prize 'The Human Form' and LGI Special Show Award & Trophy 2011 Entrant Doug Moran National Portrait Prize Entrant Archibald Prize Sunshine Coast Unsung Heroes Portrait Prize - 1st Place & Show Champion Entrant Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Prize Kenilworth Art Show – People’s Choice 2013 “Watercolour Figures” – article featured in Australian Palette Magazine, Issue 120. The Big Pineapple ‘Windows of Time’ Portrait Competition – 1st Prize. 2014 World Wide ‘Female Beauty’ Art Contest – Masters Art Academy 2nd Place 2015 Mary Valley Art Festival: Highly Commended ‘Human Form/Portraiture’ + People’s Choice 2016 Finalist – Lethbridge 10,000. 2017 Finalist – Lethbridge 10,000. Finalist Lyn McCrea Drawing Prize.
Website: www.paulineadair.comBlogs: ‘Watercolour Figures’ : http://paulineadair5.blogspot.com ‘BodyWorks’ : http://paulineadair.blogspot.com “Africa – Face to Face’ http://paulineadair2.blogspot.com (exhibition)