King Street Gallery on William

Paul Ferman

Since Ferman emerged on the international scene in the late 1980s, his work has been widely exhibited in museums and galleries in Australia as well as in Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United States. Using a combination of negative film, collage and digital manipulation, his photographic series have been based on recurring themes such as decay, the layering of knowledge and the unreliability of memory. Since 2000, Ferman has produced different series of works inspired by fragile botany, Neapolitan archaeology, Shakespearean tragedy, the demise of his mother, the cynicism of the mass media, the night lights of Tokyo and the emptiness of the Australian desert.

Other photographic series like Excavare (2005), San Motorino (2008) and Particle Decay (2017) testify to Ferman’s interest in Italian tradition and culture, and his reflections on the manifestation of synchronous time, where past, present and future collide. Permanent Past (2019) alludes to the peculiarity of the Roman situation, recreating an urban landscape in which 28 centuries of ancient remains and contemporary life coexist. For his 2019 solo at Studio Stefania Miscetti in Rome, Ferman continued his exploration of different methods of how to exhibit his composite images – glossy prints on rolls of unframed paper, photographs mounted on aluminium and monumental video projections. Ferman’s most recent solo exhibition at King Street Gallery, Permanent Past (2023), featured works “that splice images of contemporary Rome with those of historical significance. There are layers of revealing and concealing elements drawn from cinema, architectural forms, etchings and sites of pilgrimage” (Paul Ferman, 2023).

Ferman’s work has been featured in group exhibitions at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Gallese in Italy, Manly Art Museum in Sydney, Galleria Lipanjepuntin in Trieste, and Gallery Wessel + O’Connor in New York.

His 2018 series of superimposed photographs, based on visits to the battlefields of the Western Front in France and Belgium, is part of the Salient exhibition project, which toured to six regional public galleries in New South Wales. Ferman’s large-scale photographs in black + white and colour can be found in the collections of the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, The Chartwell Collection in Christchurch (New Zealand), the Macquarie Bank in Sydney and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in Hobart.

Paul lives and works in East Sydney, and has shown with King Street Gallery since 2008.



Salient: Contemporary artists at the Western Front

'Salient: Contemporary artists at the Western Front' is a group exhibition which is travelling across Australia opening at the New England Regional Art Museum in March 2018. A group of twelve leading Australian artists travelled to Belgium and France to the First World War battlefields of the western front. Historian Brad Manera, who had previously travelled with many of the artists to Gallipoli, and artists Wendy Sharpe, Euan Macleod and Amanda Penrose Hart talked with Maria Stoljar about the exhibition.

Solo exhibitions [selected]

Permanent Past, King Street Gallery, Sydney

Permanent Past Studio Stefania Miscetti, Rome

Particle decay fractal paradigm King Street Gallery on William, Sydney

Excavare King Street Gallery on William

How can you be surprised by life King Street Gallery on William

Shelter King Street Gallery on William

Necessary illusions Il Ponte Contemporanea, Roma
Surface King Street Gallery on William

Necessary illusions M.O.P. Gallery, Sydney
Proximity abstract particulars Depot 2 Gallery, Sydney
Abstract particulars Il Ponte Contemporanea, Roma
Bolongna art fair Il Ponte Contemporanea
Trance surface civilise Span Gallery, Melbourne

Civilise M.O.P. Gallery, Sydney
Domestic sculpture Span Gallery, Melbourne
Mappying mother surface Depot 2 Gallery, Sydney

Domestic sculpture Il Ponte Contemporanea, Roma
Of uncertain nature Gallery Bencivart, Pesaro, Italy
Tube talk Room 35 Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney

Survey Front Room Gallery Singapore

Proximity Il Ponte Contemporanea, Roma

Palimpsest Il Ponte Contemporanea, Roma
Palimpsest Dina Carola Gallery, Napoli

Untitled Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

Mitosis – meiosis Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Mitosis – meiosis New Zone, Ortona, Italy
Mitosis – meiosis Studio d’Arte Contermporanea
Pino Casagrande Spoleto

Mitosis – meiosis Studio d’Arte Contermporanea
Pino Casagrande Roma

Untitled Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Untitled OPTS Gallery, San Francisco

Untitled Studio d’Arte Contemporanra Pino
Casagrande Roma

Untitled Gallerie Anita Neugebauer, Basel Switzerland

Untitled Michael Nagy Fine Art, Sydney

Untitled D.C. Art, Sydney

Group exhibitions [selected]

Babies Are Knocking Studio Stefania Miscetti, Rome

Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney
Mosman Art Prize Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney

Salient, Contemporary Artists at the Western Front  New England Regional Art Museum, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, ANZAC Memorial Sydney, Bank Art

Salient Melbourne Australia Club, Melbourne, Vic
Museum Moree, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, Tweed Regional Gallery

Looking forward King Street Gallery on William, Sydney

Everything and nothing King Street Gallery on William

In paradise Manly Art Museum, Sydney

MiArt 08 Milani, Italy

BaTTiTi scuola F.Vitale di Ostuni, Ostuni Italy
Bologna art fair Il Ponte Contemporanea

The all Australian show Galleria Paula Verrenga, Salerno, Italy
Exquisite corpse Peleton Gallery, Sydney
Transfigure Melbourne Art Fair

Twenty Wessell + O’Connor Gallery, New York
Felons Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
Riparte XI Roma
Tripod Spazio ex Deco, Teramo, Italy
The all Australian show Galleria Lipanjepuntin, Trieste, Italy
Room 35 – 8th birthday Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney
Cologne art fair Bencivartgallery

Riparte X Roma
Ether Il Ponte Contemporanea, Melbourne Art Fair

Celebrate Il Ponte Contemporanea, Roma

Welcome – 02 Palazzo Delle Exposizioni, Roma

Welcome – 01 Mostra d’arte Contemporanea, Roma

Simbiosi Museo di Gallese, Viterbo

Wessell + O’Connor Gallery, New York
Uomo ambiente territorio Vasto Museum, Italy

Riparte III Roma

Art Amsterdam Wastergasabrick, Amsterdam
Riparte II Roma
Click Contemporary Photography, Westergastabriek,
Ripa residence Roma
John, Paul, Annie + Maree Il Ponte
Contemporanea Roma

Riparte I Roma

Queensland Art Gallery

National Gallery of Victoria

Hasselblad Masters, Sydney

Hasselblad Masters, Sydney


Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris
Chartwell Collection, Christchurch, New Zealand
Galerie Montenay, Paris
Galerie Serieuze Zaken, Amsterdam
Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Qld
Hobart Art Gallery
Macquarie Bank, Sydney
Michael Shapiro Gallery, San Francisco
Pat Corrigan Collection
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Studio d’Arte Contemporanea, Roma

Paul Ferman: Permanent Past 2023

View exhibition catalogue

Salient: contemporary artist at the Western Front 2018-2020

Paul Ferman: Shelter 2008

View exhibition catalogue

Jonathan Turner, 'Shelter' essay, 2008

View Essay here

Fields of Sacrifice by Brad Manera

The Weekend in the Australian Financial Review pg. 28-29

24 March 2018

Paul Ferman Feature

Art and Design, Vogue Living


Excavare review by John McDonald

Spectrum, Sydney Morning Herald