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"I strive to create beauty in my work, focusing on purity, emotion and instinct; balancing between aesthetics and technique. I try to bring forth a sense of feeling and tangibility to my work. My goal is to create paintings that breathe life."
Painter Myles Cavanaugh, a native of Lambertville, New Jersey, grew up in a community that both supported and inspired his artistic talents. His most frequent subjects include the landscapes and people of Bucks and Hunterdon Counties. Besides Bucks County scenery, he also enjoys painting urban scenes like the Jersey Shore, New York City, and Philadelphia. Strongly influenced by impressionist painters, as well as John Singer Sargent and Spanish painter Antonio Lopez Garcia, Cavanaugh works primarily in oil paint, both en plein air and in his studio. While impressionist styles are his forte, he is also proficient in modern methods such as graphic design, photography, and digital art. He implements these skills into his own work and consults with businesses to innovate their branding.
Cavanaugh studied for two years at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York after winning an award from the Shadfest Scholarship Fund in the early 1990s. Shortly after his studies at Pratt, Cavanaugh began painting abroad, traveling to Spain in 1992. He made several returning trips to the country before being awarded the Valparaiso Fellowship in 2003 to paint in Mojácar. He continues to travel in search of new scenery, spending time in places like Greece, Portugal, Ireland, Mexico, Morocco, and the Netherlands. Locally, he has numerous exhibitions to his credit and frequently showed at the former Riverrun Gallery in Lambertville, New Jersey. Cavanaugh has his own gallery, the Myles Cavanaugh Fine Art Gallery & Studio, that opened in 2006 in Lambertville. The gallery transitioned briefly into an online gallery in 2010, re-opening in 2012 on Coryell Street.
Myles Cavanaugh, photo courtesy of Hillary Yasmer Shemin.
Education and Training
Mercer County Community College, Trenton, New Jersey, 1991
Artworks Visual Art School, Trenton, New Jersey, 1991
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, 1992-1994
Influences and Teachers
Cavanaugh is influenced by Bucks County artists William L. Lathrop, Harry Leith-Ross and Henry B. Snell, and by Spanish artists Joaquin Sorolla, Joaquim Mir and Antonio Lopez-Garcia.
Connection to Bucks County
Cavanaugh grew up in Lambertville, New Jersey, and continues to reside and work there. He spent a large part of his life exploring the Delaware River, streams, and hills of Bucks and Hunterdon Counties.
David Baker, Anna Bayon, Tom Birknir, James Feehan, Susan Roseman, Eric Sparre, David Stier
Major Solo Exhibitions
The Swan Hotel, Lambertville, New Jersey, 1995
La Tasca Gallery, Cadiz, Spain, 1996
Trip Around Spain, Festival Cafe, Lambertville, New Jersey, 1996
Independent Location, Lambertville, New Jersey, 1997, 1998
Summer Show, Morningstar Gallery, Lambertville, New Jersey, 1999
Cigar Box Theater, mechanical sculptures, Riverrun Gallery, Lambertville, New Jersey, 2001
Pueblo Andaluz, Riverrun Gallery, Lambertville, New Jersey, 2003
Sunday Afternoons, The Papier Sun Gallery, Lambertville, New Jersey, 2004
Nightfall, Riverrun Gallery, Lambertville, New Jersey, 2004
Major Group Exhibitions
Les Halle's Collective Exhibit, Washington, D.C., 1996
Coryell Gallery, Lambertville, New Jersey, 1996, 1997, 1999
Riverrun Gallery, Lambertville, New Jersey, 1999, 2000, 2002
Morningstar Gallery, Lambertville, New Jersey, 1999
Annual Juried Exhibition, Bianco Gallery, Buckingham, Pennsylvania, 1999
Artworks Visual Art School, Trenton, New Jersey, 2000
Let's Face It: Likeness and Meaning in Portraiture, Bucks County Community College, Newtown, Pennsylvania, 2002
Iron Works, Princeton Day School, Princeton, New Jersey, 2003
Iron Works, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2003
Reflections, Bucks Gallery of Fine Art, Newtown, Pennsylvania, 2005
Doylestown Art League Annual Exhibition, Sabine Rose Gallery, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 2005
The Bucks County Impressionists Tradition: A New Era-Fetterman, Barrett, Cavanaugh, Rolli, Silverman Gallery, Buckingham, Pennsylvania, 2011
Shadfest Scholarship Fund
Penn's Grant Corporation Award, Bianco Gallery Annual Juried Exhibition, 1999
Fellowship, Foundation Valparaiso, 2003