King Street Gallery on William

Paul Selwood

Sculpture Paul Selwood was born in 1946, in Sydney NSW. He first studied sculpture at the National Art School graduating in 1965. He would eventually return in 1989, to lecture Sculpture and Drawing. In 1966, he travelled to Greece to carve marbles in the Lit Nitus quarries on the Island of Paros (famed for its pure white marble in Antiquity). From there he travelled to London and became a technical assistant at the Sculpture School of the Royal College of Art.

Selwood returned to Sydney in 1971 following a period of time lecturing at the Bath Academy of Art in the UK. Upon his return, he lectured at Macquarie University and Woollahra Arts Centre in Sydney. From 1977 to 1983 he lectured sculpture at the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education in Toowoomba, Queensland. in 1984, he was an Artist Fellow at the Sculpture Synopsium at the School of Art (ANU) and the inaugural “Artist Speak” forum, at Queensland Art Gallery.

From 1989 to 1996, Paul lectured at the City Art Institute in Sydney, and Newcastle University, NSW. He has since worked full time as a sculptor at hi studio at Wollombi, NSW.

Paul Selwood’s extended career reveals 39 Solo exhibitions since 1972. His work revolves around one’s desire to toy with and investigate the relationship between form and space. His Folded Form series which grouped a number of steel planes, folded rather than welded together in order to create a three-dimensional form, “play with the constraints” of such an approach. (Charles Nodrum, Charles Nodrum gallery website, 2019)

Selwood works with paper as well; modelled ideas provide Paul with an immediacy to envision the finished product. Additionally, through such Paul is able to experiment with colour.

Selwood’s work is included in multiple public, corporate and regional collections such as the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, Kumstrup Engineering, Denmark, Macquarie Bank Collection, National Bank Collection and the Art Gallery New South Wales, as well as New England Regional Gallery and Orange Regional Gallery, NSW.

Selwood has also been awarded two commissions: The Cessnock City Council for Performing Arts Centre, NSW in 2009 and Victorian Bar Association for the Owen Dixon Chambers, Melbourne in 2002.

Paul Selwood has been represented by King Street Gallery since 2018, with his inaugural solo exhibition Sculpture in 2019.

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Exhibitions

Films

Sculpture by the Sea 2011

Hunter Valley artist Paul Selwood was the winner of Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2011 and awarded with the Balnaves Foundation Sculpture Prize of $65,000. Selwood began making sculpture in 1964 after he enrolled at East Sydney Technical College. He was technical assistant at the Royal College of Art, London from 1965–8 and worked for Sir Anthony Caro, one of the world’s most influential sculptors and an invited artist to Sculpture by the Sea 2011.

Paul Selwood about "Expanded Figure"

Australian sculptor Paul Selwood, who is commenting on his latest work "Expanded Figure". The sculpture will be Kamstrup's new landmark at the headquarters in Denmark.

Solo exhibitions [selected]

2019
Selected sculpture King Street Gallery on William, Sydney

2018
Paul Selwood, A Survey of Small Sculptures Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, NSW
Paul Selwood: Recent Sculpture Watters Gallery, Sydney
Perspective Cutouts Burrows Project Sydney

2016
Paul Selwood – Recent Sculpture Watters Gallery
Paul Selwood: From Matter to Manner Maitland Regional Art Gallery, NSW

2015
Figure and Ground (with Roy Jackson) RAFT artspace, Alice Springs, NT

2014
Paul Selwood – sculpture, studies and notes Watters Gallery

2013
Paul Selwood: Wall Sculptures Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne

2012
Paul Selwood: Sculpture Watters Gallery

2010
Perspective Cutouts Maitland Regional Art Gallery Touring Exhibition
Paul Selwood – new sculpture Watters Gallery

2009
Sculpture Watters Gallery
Perspective Cutouts Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney, Touring Maitland
Unquelled Watters Gallery

2007
Paper and Steel Despard Gallery, Hobart

2006
Sculpture Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne
Recent Sculpture Watters Gallery
Recent Sculpture and Paper Constructions Stephanie Burns Fine Art, Yarralumla, ACT

2004
New Works Watters Gallery

2003
Recent Sculpture Charles Nodrum Gallery

2002
Paul Selwood Recent Sculpture Watters Gallery

2000
Tragedie Comedie Sculpture Watters Gallery

1999
Beltore Group and Other Sculptures Watters Gallery

1998
Paul Selwood: An Exhibition of Sculptures the Sir Hermann Black Gallery, University of Sydney
Sculptures and Drawings Watters Gallery

1996
Landscape As Still Life, and Other Sculptures Watters Gallery

1993
Cellular Forms Watters Gallery

1992
Recent Sculpture Watters Gallery

1990
Recent Sculpture Watters Gallery

1988
Sculpture and Linocuts Watters Gallery

1986
Recent Sculptures Watters Gallery

1984
Paul Selwood Sculpture Charlotte Street Gallery, Brisbane

1983
Recent Sculpture Watters Gallery

1981
Sculpture Watters Gallery

1978
Paul Selwood: Recent Sculpture Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

1974
Rainforest Pictures Watters Gallery

1973
Raffin Gallery, Orange, New South Wales

1972
Recent Paintings and Sculptures Watters Gallery

Group Exhibitions [selected]

2019
Abstract 19’ King Street Gallery on William, Sydney, NSW

2017
An Idiosyncratic selection Watters Gallery, Sydney

2016
Sculpture at Sawmillers Sawmillers Reserve, McMahons Point, Sydney
#SAVENAS Defiance Gallery Sydney

2015
Sydney Sculpture Defiance Gallery at the Yellow House, Sydney
Sydney Contemporary Carriageworks, Sydney

2014
Certain Abstract Things Griffith University Gallery, Qld
Sculpture at Sawmillers McMahon’s Point, Sydney
Some ways of Depicting Landscape Watters Gallery
Sculpture City S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
Watters Gallery Five Decades S.H. Ervin Gallery

2013
Stuck Together, collage and assemblages Defiance Gallery
Sculpture by the Sea Aarhus – Denmark
Sydney Contemporary Carriageworks, Sydney
Summer Exhibition Watters Gallery

2012
2 x 2 Adelaide Central School of Art Adelaide
Melbourne Artfair 2012 Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

2011
Abstraction Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra

2010
The Sir John Sulman Art Prize Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Sydney
Art Month Sydney, Watters Gallery, Sydney
Melbourne Artfair 2010 Royal Exhibition Building

2009
2008 Revisited Watters Gallery

2007
The Sculptors Cipher, Richard Goodwin and Paul Selwood, The Delmar Gallery, Sydney
McClelland Sculpture Survey McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park. Victoria
Woollarha Small Sculpture Prize, Woollarah Council Chambers. Sydney
Abstraction 07 Charles Nodrum Gallery Melbourne

2006
Melbourne Artfair 2006 Royal Exhibition Building
Watters Gallery 20th Summer Exhibition Watters Gallery

2005
Homage Cezanne Stephanie Burns Fine Art, Canberra
Drawings and three Dimensions Gallery Onetwentyeight, New York
2004 Revisited Watters Gallery
National Sculpture Prize National Gallery of Australia (NGA), Canberra

2004
Sculpture 2004 Watters Gallery, Sydney
Sculpture in the Vines Hunter Valley Vineyards
University of Western Sydney Acquisitive Sculpture Award & Exhibition Campbelltown Campus, Sydney
Melbourne Artfair 2004 Royal Exhibition Building

2003
Sculpture 2003 Watters Gallery
Sculpture in the Vines Hunter Valley Vineyards

2002
Briefcase 50 Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney
Sculpture by the Sea Bondi – Tamarama cliff walk, Sydney
Melbourne Artfair 2002 Royal Exhibition Building

2001
Rocks and Flesh Stephanie Burns Fine Art, Canberra
Woollahra Sculpture Prize Woollahra Council Chambers, Sydney
Archival Oils Exhibition Watters Gallery

2000
Sculpture 2000 Access Gallery, Sydney, 4 – 30 Jan
Sculpture by the Sea Bondi, Sydney
Selected Works Watters Gallery
Watters Gallery 15th Summer Exhibition Watters Gallery
Melbourne Artfair 2000 Royal Exhibition Building

1999
The Innovators S.H. Ervin Gallery
We Are Australian Australian multicultural foundation, touring Capital cities, 1999-2000
Sculpture by The Sea Bondi Sydney
Watters Gallery 14th Summer Watters Gallery

1998
The Wynne Prize AGNSW
Two Sculptures and Seven Paintings Watters Gallery
Watters Gallery 13th Summer Exhibition Watters Gallery

1997
It’s a Box II Defiance Gallery
The Biggest Little Sculpture Show in Town Defiance Gallery
Watters Gallery Summer Exhibition Watters Gallery

1996
A Box By Any Other Name Defiance Gallery
The Real Salon des Refusés Ardt Gallery, Sydney
Fifth Australian Contemporary Art Fair Royal Exhibition Building
Artists of the Wollombi Valley Maitland City Art Gallery
Watters Gallery Summer Exhibition, Watters Gallery

1995
The First Eleven University of Newcastle Gallery
Recent Small Works Watters Gallery
Works from Stock Watters Gallery
Negative Positive Positive Negative Watters Gallery
Watters Gallery Summer Exhibition Watters Gallery

1994
Fourth Australian Contemporary Art Fair Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
Watters Gallery Summer Exhibition No.8 Watters Gallery

1992
Contemporary Australian Drawing Museum of Contemporary Art, Brisbane
Third Australian Contemporary Art Fair Royal Exhibition Building
Whaling Street Studios Print Show POD Gallery, Sydney
Watters Gallery Summer Exhibition Watters Gallery

1990
Second Australian Contemporary Art Fair Royal Exhibition Building
40 Artists 40 Works: Works on paper, an exhibition of work by artists represented by Watters Gallery Second Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building
Shifting Ground Art Gallery of New South Wales
College of Fine Art Staff Exhibition University Gallery, Newcastle University

1989
Sculptors at the Table, (with 15 sculptors) Australian Crafts Centre, Sydney, touring  Regional Galleries
Wally Barda, Collage; Paul Selwood Sculpture Watters Gallery
Portrait of a Gallery, Watters 25th anniversary exhibition touring 8 regional galleries around Australia, until 1991

1988
First Australian Contemporary Art Fair Royal Exhibition Building
The Intuitive Line, (with John Peart) Watters Gallery
Works on Paper, (with Robert Klippel & Ken Whisson) Watters Gallery
Hunter Valley Sculpture Maitland City Gallery
Portrait of a Gallery: an exhibition of work by artists represented by Watters Gallery Sydney Royal Building, Melbourne
The Face of Australia Australian Regional Galleries Bicentennial Touring Exhibition

1987
Off the Pedestal Irving Sculpture Gallery, Sydney

1985
Ninth Mildura Sculpture Triennial Mildura Arts Centre, Victoria

1986
Hunter Valley Sculptors Newcastle City Art Gallery

1984
Australian Sculpture Now, 2nd Australian Sculpture Triennial National Gallery of Victoria
Canberra School of Art Sculpture Symposium Exhibition Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
Garden Sculpture Woollahra Sculpture Garden Sydney

1981
The First Australian Sculpture Triennial La Trobe University, Victoria

1974
Ten Years Watters Gallery
Lennox Head Holdsworth Galleries, Sydney
Trustees Exhibition Queensland Art Gallery
Australia ’75 Commonwealth Gardens, Canberra

1973
Sculpturescape ’73 Mildura Arts Centre

1971
Sydney Sculptors the Woollahra Sculpture Garden

1969
Three Artists touring Britain sponsored by the Arts Council of Great Britain and Kasmin Ltd

1967
Sculpture ’67 AIA Gallery, London
Preview London Camden Arts Centre, London

Collections

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales
Gold Coast Regional Gallery, Queensland
Griffith University Art Collection, Queensland
Heidi Museum of Contemporary Art, Melbourne
Kumstrup Engineering, Denmark
Liverpool City Council, New South Wales
Macquarie Bank, NSW, Singapore
Macquarie University, New South Wales
Maitland Regional Art Gallery
Mildura Arts Centre, Victoria
National Bank Collection
New England Regional Art Museum
Orange Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales
Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
Stanthorpe City Council, Queensland
Townsville City Council, Queensland

Selected sculpture 2019

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Recent sculpture 2018

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Recent sculpture 2016

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Figure and ground 2015

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Perspective cutouts 2011

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