Pauline Roche was born in London in 1962, but grew up in Australia from the age of seven. In 1995 she moved to the United States. She lived for a number of years in Boston, Massachusetts and Tucson, Arizona. She has now settled in San Diego, California with her husband and two children. Roche trained early on in the studios of practicing artists in Australia. There she received extensive training in traditional painting. Her subsequent art education includes studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston and the Florence Academy of Art, Italy. Recently she received the 'Best Signature Award of Excellence at the 2017 Oil Painters for America National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils'.
Roche’s figurative pieces usually portray people in distinctive settings. She loves to capture the unique gestures of people in quiet contemplation and reveal a connection between the people and their surroundings. In particular, she looks for connections between her figures and art. Museum settings filled with paintings and sculptures, historical buildings with grand architecture, and elegant dance and musical performances are consistent themes in her figurative work. In addition to her figurative work, Roche paints still lifes and plein-air landscapes. She believes in continually painting a variety of subject matter, enjoying the varied challenges and stimulation that different subjects offer.
Roche has exhibited her work annually in Boston since 1998 and has also continued to exhibit in Australia. There she was the recipient of a coveted prize for oil painting in the prestigious national juried exhibition, the A.M.E. Bale Art Awards, known as Australia’s premier awards for traditional realism and figurative art. In 1997 she was honored by her peers in Australia’s oldest art society, the Victorian Artists Society, where she was selected as a finalist for the society’s Artist of the Year Award Exhibition. The group of works she submitted won the society’s Gordon Moffat Award. Roche is also a member of the Oil Painters of America, the Portrait Society of America and the Tucson Plein Air Painters Society. In Australia she is a member of the Australian Guild of Realist Artists and a signatory member of the Victorian Artists Society.
Since her early years, Roche’s oil paintings have won a number of awards in juried exhibitions. Some of her most notable awards include the Gold Medal of Honor at the Audubon Artists’ 55th Annual Exhibition, the Leonard J. Meiselman Memorial Award at the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, the Presidents Award at the Salmagundi Club’s 20th Annual Non-Members Exhibition and the New Jersey Chapter Award for Artistic Excellence at the American Artists Professional League’s 69th Grand National Exhibition. Roche’s work was selected as a Top 100 Finalist in the Art Renewal Center’s International ARC Salon.
Roche’s work has been selected as an Artist Showcase Award Winner for publication in Manhattan Arts International Magazine. She is also listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who of American Women. A feature article on Roche’s work and technique, “Contemplating the Past, Painting the Present” appeared in American Artist Magazine. Her work has also been featured in American Art Collector and the Artist’s Magazine and Southwestern Art Magazine. Her work is included in the corporate collection of the Melbourne Museum in Australia and in numerous collections in the United States, Australia and Europe. Newbury Fine Arts is honored to exhibit Pauline Roche’s artwork.
Exhibitions in USA:
2019 California Art Club, 108th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Natural History Museum of L.A., C.A.
2019 Virtuosos of the Oil Painters of America Exhibition, FL
2019 Sea and Shore, Maritime Museum of San Diego, CA
2019 California Plein Air, Bonita Museum, CA
2019 Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Saint George, UT
2018 American Impressionist Society Annual Exhibition
2018 Body Language: Revelations of Expression, Newbury Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA
2018 California Art Club 107th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Natural History Museum of LA, CA
2018 Oil Painter of America Salon Show of Traditional Oils
2017 Oil Painters of America National Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Cincinnati
2016 ONE WOMAN EXHIBITION: "Near and Far", Newbury Fine Arts, Boston
2016 California Art Club Exhibition: "California Urban Landscapes", Altadena, CA
2016 Oil Painters of America National Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Dallas
2016 Laguna Plein Air Painters Invitational Exhibitions: " Inspired by Sorolla", "Fun at the Beach",
2016 "Autumn Colors", Laguna Beach, CA
2015 Virtuosos of the OPA Invitational Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club, NY
2015 Audobon Artists 73rd Annual Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club, NY
2015 Gilcrease Museum "Collectors' Reserve" American Art Exhibition, Tulsa OK
2014 Trailside Galleries Masters in Miniature Invitational Show, Jackson WY
2014 Oil Painters of America 23rd National Exhibition of Traditional Oils
2014 One Woman Exhibition, Newbury Fine Arts, Boston
2013 Art Renewal Center International Salon 2013/14
2014 San Diego Maritime Museum Exhibition: "Maritime Impression"
2013 Waterhouse Gallery Great American Figurative Artists Exhibition, Santa Barbara, CA
2013 Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition of Traditional Oils, KS
2013 Trailside Galleries Masters in Miniature Exhibition, Jackson Hole, WY
2013 Laguna Plein Air Painters Best of Plein Air Exhibition, CA
2013 Oil Painters of America 2013 Juried Salon Show, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, MI
2013 Oil Painters of America 22nd National Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Insight Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX
2013 California Art Club Exhibition: "On the Water", The Old Mill, San Marino, CA
2013 Laguna Plein Air Painters Exhibition,"Canvas for a Cause", Laguna Beach, CA
2013 Laguna Plein Air Painters Exhibition: "Less is More", Randy Higbee Gallery, CA
2013 Small Gems Exhibition, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2013 American Miniatures Show, Settlers West Galleries, Tuscon, AZ
2012 Laguna Plein Air Painters Exhibition, Laguna Beach
2012 Great American Figurative Artists Exhibition, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara
2011 Newbury Fine Arts, Solo One Woman Show, Boston, November
2011 Masters in Miniature Invitational Exhibition, Trailside Galleries, WY
2011 Faces and Places Group Exhibition, Scottsdale Fine Art, Scottsdale
2011 American Miniatures Exhibition, Settlers West Galleries, Tucson
2011 Painters of the American West Showcase, Tucson
2011 The 11th Annual Empire 100 Western Art Show, Tucson
2010 Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition, Jackson, WY
2010 Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 114th Annual Open Exhibition at the National Arts Arts Club, NY
2010 The 41st Annual Mountain Oyster Club Art Show, Tucson
2010 20th Annual California Art Club Juried Exhibition, CA
2010 'Surf's Up', California Art Club Exhibition, CA
2010 'CRUSH', Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson
2010 American Miniatures Exhibition, Settlers West Galleries, Tucson
2010 Newbury Fine Arts Annual Figurative Exhibition, Boston
2010 Newbury Fine Arts, Annual Figurative Exhibition (5 person show), Boston, (1998 - 2010)
2009 Scottsdale Fine Art, Small Works Exhibition, AZ
2009 The 40th Annual Mountain Oyster Club Art Show, Tucson
2009 'Fresh Visions', Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum, Tucson AZ
2009 Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition, Washington
2009 Tucson Plein Air Painters Artist Members Exhibition, Tucson
2009 Settlers West American Miniatures Exhibition, Tucson
2009 Empire 100 Western Art Show and Sale, Tucson
2008 The 39th Annual Mountain Oyster Club Art Show, Tucson
2008 American Artists Professional League 80th Grand National Exhibition, New York
2008 Catharine Lorrilard Wolfe Art Club 112th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, National Arts Club, NY
2008 Salmagundi Club Open Exhibition, New York
2008 American Miniatures Show, Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, AZ
2007 Art Renewal Center 2007 International ARC Salon (online exhibit of finalists)
2007 American Artists Professional League 79th Grand National Exhibition, New York
2007 American Women Artists, National Juried Exhibition, Scottsdale, AZ
2007 Plein Air Tucson Juried Exhibition, Max Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2004 Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 108th Annual Juried Exhibition, at the National Arts Club, NY
2003 Solo Exhibition: 'People of Art and Science', Ventana Medical Systems National Headquarters, Tucson
2003 Artist in Residence, Ventana Medical Systems, Inc
2002 Tucson Plein Air Painters' Society Exhibition
1998 Salmagundi Club 21st Annual Open Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
1997 American Artists Professional League 69th Grand National Exhibition, New York
1997 Audubon Artists 55th Annual Exhibition, New York
1997 Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 101st Annual Exhibition, at the National Arts Club, New York
1997 Salmagundi Club 20th Annual Non-Members Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York
Exhibitions in Australia:
2009 Victorian Artists Society Portrait Exhibition
2008 A. M. E. Bale Art Award Exhibition of Finalists, 2008.
2008 Australian Art Excellence Awards Exhibition (Invitational)
2006- Australian Guild of Realist Artists, 'Australia at Large' 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
2006 Australian Guild of Realist Artists Summer Member Exhibition
2006 A. M. E. Bale Art Award Exhibition of Finalists
1997 Victorian Artists Society 'Artist of the Year' Invitational Exhibition
1994 Solo Exhibition: Cato Gallery, Victorian Artists Society Galleries, Melbourne
1992- Victorian Artists Society juried exhibitions
1993- Alice Bale Art Award (National Juried Exhibition)
1992- Camberwell Rotary annual juried art exhibition
1991- Sherbrooke Art Award exhibitions
1994 Kew Gallery Invitational Exhibition, Dec.
Awards in USA:
2019 Second Place, Boldbrush Art Awards
2018 Finalist, Southwest Art Artistic Excellence Awards
2017 Best Signature Award of Excellence, Oil Painters National Exhibition
2016 Finalist, Southwest Art Artistic Excellence Awards
2016 Finalist, Art Renewal Center 12th Annual International ARC Salon
2015 Honorable Mention, Gilcrease Museum, Collectors Reserve Exhibition
2014 Finalist, Art Renewal Center 2014-15 International ARC Salon.
2013 Best Social Commentary - Runner Up Award, Art Renewal Center 2013-2014 International ARC Salon.
2013 Finalist, Art Renewal Center 2013-2014 International ARC Salon(Figurative Category).
2013 4th Merit Award, Portrait Society of America, Annual Members Competition(Portrait "Outside the Box" Category)
2013 Honorable Mention, The Potrait Society of America, Annual Members Competition
(Still Life Category)
2012 Finalist, Southwest Art Magazine Artistic Excellence Competition
2012 Second Prize, The Artist's Magazine 29th Annual Art Competition
2012 Honorable Mention, Oil Painters of America, Online Summer Showcase
2011 Finalist, Art Renewal Center 2011-2012 International ARC Salon,(Figurative Category).
2012 Finalist, RayMar Art Competition
2012 Finalist, The Artist's Magazine 29th Annual Art Competition, (Landscape and Interiors Category)
2012 Finalist, Sourecetek Cover Competition
2011 Two pieces chosen as Finalists, The Artist's Magazine, 28th Annual Art Competition
2011 Honorable Mention, Member's Only Portrait Competition, Portrait Society of America
2009 First Place, 'Fresh Visions', Tucson Plein Air Painters Exhibition, Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum
2009 Finalist, The Artist's Magazine 26th Annual Art Competition
2009 Jury's Favorite 15%, Fine Art Views Painting Competition, October
2008- Semi-Finalist, Art Renewal Center International ARC Salon
2009 Finalist, Fine Art Views Painting Competition (March-April 2009); Jury's Favorite 15%, Fine Art Views
2009 Painting Competition (August 2009); Jury's Favorite 15%, Fine Art Views Painting Competition (September 2009)
2007 Top 100 Finalist, Art Renewal Center International 2007 ARC Salon
2007 Helen G. Oehler Memorial Award for Artistic Excellence, American Artists Professional League 79th Grand National Exhibition
1998 Sharon & Danielle Ortlip Memorial Award, 21st Annual Open Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York
1997 Gold Medal of Honor, Audubon Artists 55th Annual Exhibition, New York
1997 New Jersey Chapter Award for Artistic Excellence, American Artists Professional League 69th Grand National Exhibition
1997 Leonard J. Meiselman Memorial Award, Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 101st Annual Exhibition, New York
1997- Manhattan Arts International – Artist Showcase Award Winner
1997 Presidents Award, 20th Annual Non-Members Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York
Awards in Australia:
2009 Finalist, Australian Guild of Realist Artists Australia at Large May 2009 (Two paintings &enps; Commended)
2008 Finalist, A. M. E. Bale National Art Award
2008 Certificate of Recognition awarded by the Australian Guild of Realist Artists for consistently high quality of work in Guild exhibitions
2008 Finalist, Australian Guild of Realist Artists, 'Australia at Large' Autumn(April) 2008
(Highly Commended and Very Highly Commended).
2007 Finalist, Australian Guild of Realist Artists, 'Australia at Large', Autumn 2007
(Two pieces Commended).
2006 Commended, Australian Guild of Realist Artists, Summer Member Exhibition
2006 Highly Commended, Australian Guild of Realist Artists, 'Australia at Large' Spring
2006 Finalist, A.M.E. Bale National Art Award
2006 Highly Commended, Australian Guild of Realist Artists, 'Australia at Large' Autumn
1999 Highly Commended, Victorian Artists Society Deputy Lord Mayor's Award Exhibition
1997 Finalist and winner of the Gordon Moffat Award, 'Artist of the Year' Award Exhibition, Victorian Artists Society
1995 First Prize (Mavis Hill Acquisitive Award) Sherbrooke Spring Exhibition
1994 Award for Oil painting, A. M. E. Bale National Art Awards
1992 Hans Heysen Award, Sherbrooke Art Society
1996 Highly Commended, Wangaratta Art Exhibition
1995 Highly Commended, Streeton, Roberts & McCubbin Exhibition
1994 Highly Commended, Sherbrooke Spring Exhibition
EDUCATION AND TRAINING:
2004 Florence Academy of Art, Italy
1996 Realist Painting and Portrait Painting, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
1990- Studies with practicing artists in Melbourne Australia (1990-1993)
1980- (Bachelor of Science, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, 1980-82)
Southwest Art Feature Article:
2014 "Enthralling Moments", Pauline Roche Honors the Creative Process, by Bonnie Gangelhoff, Southwest Art, February 2014
The Artist's Magazine Feature Article and Cover:
2013 "For the Love of Painting" by BJ Foreman. The Artist's Magazine, November 2013.
2013 AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR, May 2013 "An Enduring Tradition" - Oil Painters of America National Exhibition Preview
2012 SOUTHWEST ART, December, 2012 Artistic Excellence - Meet the 13 Artists Who Came Out on Top in Our Annual Art Competition.
2012 AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR, October 2012
2012 October Art Show Preview - "Western Wonders. Oil Painters of America 2012 Western Regional Exhibition heads to Denver, Colorado."
2012 THE ARTIST'S MAGAZINE, December 2012
2012 Winners of the 29th Annual Art Competition 2012.
2011 AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR, November 2011.
"Life in Action" Artist Focus: Pauline Roche
2010 THE ARTIST'S MAGAZINE, January 2010. Competition Spotlight.
2009 AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR, August 2009.
2009 August Art Show Preview - The 2009 Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition.
2007 AMERICAN ARTIST feature article: 'Contemplating the Past, Painting the Present' by James A. Metcalfe. May 2007.
2006 Marquis Who's Who in America, 2006-present
2004 Marquis Who's Who of American Women, 2004-present
2008 Tucson Lifestyle Home and Garden Magazine, Local Artist profile 2008
1997 Manhattan Artist International Magazine, summer issues 1997 and 1998
1997 Wellesley Townsman Newspaper, Massachesetts: 'Answering a Call to the Art World' 1997
1994 Antiques and Art in Victoria, Australia: 'Award Winning Artist in Profile' 1994
1994 Southern Cross Newspaper, Australia; 'Artist with Nerve in Her Life and Art' 1994
Oil Painters of America(Signatory Member)
California Art Club(Artist Member)
Portrait Society of America
Laguna Plein Air Painters Association(Artist Member)
Australian Guild of Realist Artists
Victorian Artists Society (Signatory Member)
Ventana Medical Sytems Corporate Collection, Tucson, AZ. USA
Melbourne Museum Corporate Collection, Australia
Jergens Corporate Collection, Australia.