King Street Gallery on William

Paul Selwood

Sculptor 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 in Sculpture and Drawing. In 1966, he travelled to Greece to carve marbles in the Lit Nitus quarries on the Island of Paros (famed in Antiquity for its pure white marble). 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 in sculpture at the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education in Toowoomba, Queensland. In 1984, he was an Artist Fellow at the Sculpture Symposium 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. Since then, he has worked full time as a sculptor at his studio in Wollombi, NSW.

Paul Selwood’s extended career has seen 41 solo exhibitions since 1972, with an upcoming solo exhibition in April 2024. 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 together, sees them folded rather than welded together in order to create a three-dimensional form that “plays with the constraints” of steel. (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. Through these works, Paul is able to experiment freely 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 of New South Wales, as well as New England Regional Art Museum 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.


Paul Selwood



Paul Selwood Installation at Government House Sydney 2022

In January 2022, Paul Selwood installs 2 large sculptures for loan in the gardens of Government House Sydney. Film by Riste Andrievski 2022

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]

Unfolding World King Street Gallery on William, Sydney NSW

Blue Note King Street Gallery on William, Sydney

Selected sculpture King Street Gallery on William

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

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

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

Paul Selwood – sculpture, studies and notes Watters Gallery

Paul Selwood: Wall Sculptures Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne

Paul Selwood: Sculpture Watters Gallery

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

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

Paper and Steel Despard Gallery, Hobart

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

New Works Watters Gallery

Recent Sculpture Charles Nodrum Gallery

Paul Selwood Recent Sculpture Watters Gallery

Tragedie Comedie Sculpture Watters Gallery

Beltore Group and Other Sculptures Watters Gallery

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

Landscape As Still Life, and Other Sculptures Watters Gallery

Cellular Forms Watters Gallery

Recent Sculpture Watters Gallery

Recent Sculpture Watters Gallery

Sculpture and Linocuts Watters Gallery

Recent Sculptures Watters Gallery

Paul Selwood Sculpture Charlotte Street Gallery, Brisbane

Recent Sculpture Watters Gallery

Sculpture Watters Gallery

Paul Selwood: Recent Sculpture Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

Rainforest Pictures Watters Gallery

Raffin Gallery, Orange, New South Wales

Recent Paintings and Sculptures Watters Gallery

Group Exhibitions [selected]

Sculpture by the sea, Bondi, Sydney, NSW

Sculpture by the sea, Bondi, Sydney, NSW
Sculpture in the vineyards, Wollombi, NSW
Colour is a kind of bliss, Delmar Gallery, Trinity Grammar School, Sydney
Contour 556, Art Biennial 22 Canberra, ACT

The Big Picture Show King Street Gallery on William, Sydney, NSW
The Sir John Sulman Prize Art Gallery New South Wales (AGNSW), Sydney

Abstract 19’ King Street Gallery on William

An Idiosyncratic selection Watters Gallery

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

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

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

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

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

Abstraction Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra

The Sir John Sulman Art Prize AGNSW
Art Month Sydney, Watters Gallery
Melbourne Artfair 2010 Royal Exhibition Building

2008 Revisited Watters Gallery

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

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

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

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

Sculpture 2003 Watters Gallery
Sculpture in the Vines Hunter Valley Vineyards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 AGNSW
College of Fine Art Staff Exhibition University Gallery, Newcastle University

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 to 8 regional galleries around Australia, until 1991

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

Off the Pedestal Irving Sculpture Gallery, Sydney

Ninth Mildura Sculpture Triennial Mildura Arts Centre, Vic

Hunter Valley Sculptors Newcastle City Art Gallery

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

The First Australian Sculpture Triennial La Trobe University, Victoria

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

Sculpturescape ’73 Mildura Arts Centre

Sydney Sculptors Woollahra Sculpture Garden

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

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


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, New South Wales
Mildura Arts Centre, Victoria
National Bank Collection, Victoria
New England Regional Art Museum, New South Wales
Orange Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales
Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
Stanthorpe City Council, Queensland
Townsville City Council, Queensland
UBS Collection, Victoria

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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