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Paul Boston

Paul Boston

Paul Boston was born in Melbourne in 1952. After graduating from art school in 1972, he travelled extensively through South-East Asia, developing an abiding interest in Zen Philosophy. This inspired an impressive body of work that has been shown in solo exhibitions throughout Australia and in group shows in Australia and overseas. Boston is the recipient of a number of prizes and his work is included in the collections of all major Australian public galleries and a number of important private and corporate collections throughout the world. Boston currently lives and works in Melbourne.


Solo Exhibitions


  • 2010                    Paul Boston, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne

  • 2008                    New Works, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne

  • 2006                    Inverted Relief Paintings, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne

  • 2004                    Niagara Galleries, Melbourne

  • 2003                    Works on paper, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne

  • 2002                    Ben Grady Gallery, Canberra

  • 2001                    Niagara Galleries, Melbourne

  • 1999                    Niagara Galleries, Melbourne

  • 1998                    Annandale Galleries, Sydney

  • 1996                    Niagara Galleries, Melbourne

  •                            Niagara Galleries, Melbourne

  • 1994                    Annandale Galleries, Sydney

  •                            Niagara Galleries, Melbourne

  • 1993                    Niagara Galleries, Melbourne

  • 1990                    John Buckley Fine Art, Melbourne

  • 1989                    Tony Oliver Gallery, Melbourne

  •                            Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney

  • 1988                    Deutscher Gertrude Street, Melbourne

  • 1985                    Reconnaissance, Melbourne

  • 1983                    Reconnaissance, Melbourne

 

Selected Group Shows


 
  • 2010            The Catalano Collection, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Victoria

  •                            Korea International Art Fair, COEX Korea Exhibition Center, Seoul, Korea

  •                            Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

  • 2008                    Rimbaud/Rambo, Neon Park, Melbourne

  •                            Marking Imagination: Imagining Music, Nature, Art and Body, Australian Print Workshop Gallery, 

       Melbourne

  • 2007                    Auckland Art Fair, New Zealand

  • 2006                    Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

  •                            Australian Drawing Part 1, John Buckley Gallery, Melbourne

  • 2004                    National Works on Paper Award, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria

  •                            Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne

  • 2003                    North: Art From the Other Side of the Yarra, Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Melbourne

  • 2002                    Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne

  • 1996                    Contemporary Australian Abstraction, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne

  •                            The Lovers, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne

  • 1995                    The Situation Now: A Survey of Local Non-Objective Art, La Trobe University Art Museum, Melbourne

  • 1994                    Fourth Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

  • 1993                    Inaugural Exhibition, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne

  • 1992                    Savage Club Drawing Prize, McClelland Gallery, Melbourne

  •                            Twentieth Century Australian Art, Deutscher Fine Art, Melbourne

  • 1991                    The John McCaughey Memorial Art Prize, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

  •                            The Sublime Imperative, Australian Centre For Contemporary Art, Melbourne

  • 1988                    Group Show, David McKee Gallery, New York, USA

  •                            The Loti and Victor Smorgon Collection of Australian Art, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 

       Melbourne

  •                           Advance Australia Painting, Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand

  •                           Contemporary Australian Art to China 1988–1989, touring Beijing, Wuhang, Shanghai, and Guangzhou

  • 1987                   Three Artists, 13 Verity Street, Melbourne

  •                           Painters and Sculptors: Diversity in Contemporary Australian Art, 1987

      Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan

  •                           Inaugural Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Brisbane

  • 1986                   Crosscurrents, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne

  •                           On Site 2, School of Art Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart

  •                           Backlash: The Australian Drawing Revival 1976–1986, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

  • 1985                   Six Drawings, School of Art Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart

  •                           Under the Hand, Behind the Eye, Deakin University Gallery, Geelong

  •                           Australian Perspecta 1985, Art Gallery Of New South Wales, Sydney

  • 1984                   Form–Image–Sign: Biannual Survey of Australian Art, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

  •                           A Survey of International Painting and Sculpture, MoMA, New York

  • 1983                   Australian Perspecta 1983, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

  •                           Vox - Pop: Into the Eighties, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

  • 1982                   New Directions, Geelong Art Gallery, Victoria

  • 1972                   Pinacotheca, Melbourne

 

Collections 


  • Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

  • Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

  • Artbank, Sydney

  • Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand

  • Geelong Art Gallery, Victoria

  • Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne

  • La Trobe University, Melbourne

  • The Loti and Victor Smorgon Collection, Melbourne

  • Monash University, Melbourne

  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Brisbane

  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

  • National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

  • Sussan Corporation, Melbourne

  • Private collections in Australia and overseas


Awards


  • 2004         Winner, National Works on Paper Award, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria

  • 1991       Winner, John McCaughey Memorial Art Prize, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

  • 1987         Winner, Inaugural Savage Drawing Prize, Melbourne

 

Selected Bibliography - Catalogues and Books 


  • Gordon Morrison, ‘Foreword’, Elizabeth Cross, ‘Gary Catalano

  • Recollected’, Helen Verity Hewitt, ‘The Catalano Collection at the Art Gallery of Ballarat’, 

  • The Catalano Collection (exhibition catalogue), Art Gallery of Ballarat, Victoria, 2010

  • Paul Boston (exhibition catalogue), Niagara Publishing, Melbourne, 2010

  • The John McCaughey Memorial Prize: 50 Years, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2008

  • New Works (exhibition catalogue), Niagara Publishing, Melbourne, 2008

  • Dr Christopher Heathcote, ‘Paul Boston’ in Sonia Payes, Untitled: Portraits of Australian Artists, Macmillan Publishing, Melbourne, 2007

  • Inverted Relief Paintings (exhibition catalogue), Niagara Publishing, Melbourne, 2006

  • Paul Boston (exhibition catalogue), Niagara Publishing, Melbourne, 2004

  • Christopher Heathcote, North: Art from the Other Side of the Yarra, La Trobe University Art Museum, 2003

  • Paul Boston (exhibition catalogue), Niagara Publishing, Melbourne,  2004

  • Laura Murray Cree and Neville Drury, Australian Painting Now, Craftsman House, 2000

  • Christopher Heathcote, The Situation Now: A Survey of Local Non-Objective Art, (catalogue essay), La Trobe University Art Museum, Melbourne, 1995

  • Donald Williams, In Our Own Image: The Story of Australian Art, 3rd Edition, McGraw Hill, Sydney, 1995

  • Donald Williams and Colin Simpson, Art Now: Contemporary Art Post-1970, McGraw-Hill, 1994

  • Paul Boston, Niagara Publishing, Melbourne, 1993

  • Simeon Kronenberg, ‘Paul Boston: a benign contradiction’, The Sublime Imperative, ACCA, 1991

  • Paul Boston: Works on Paper 1982–1986, Tony Oliver Gallery and Deutscher Gertrude Street, Melbourne, 1988

  • Gary Catalano, Advance Australia Painting, (catalogue essay), Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand, 1988

  • Claire Williamson, ‘Paul Boston’, Painters and Sculptors: Diversity in Contemporary Australian Art, (catalogue essay), Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, 1987

  • Elizabeth Cross, Crosscurrents, (catalogue essay), Heide Park and Art Gallery, 1986

  • Ted Gott, Backlash: The Australian Drawing Revival 1976–1986, (catalogue essay), National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 1986

  • Anthony Bond, ‘Paul Boston’, Australian Perspecta 1985, (catalogue essay), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1985

  • John Neeson, Six Drawings, (catalogue essay), University of Tasmania, Hobart, 1985

  • Form–Image–Sign: Biannual Survey of Australian Art, (exhibition catalogue), Art Gallery of Western Australia, 1984

  • Kynaston McShine, An International Survey of Recent Paintings and Sculpture, (catalogue essay), Museum Of Modern Art, New York, 1984

  • Robert Lindsay, Vox – Pop: Into the Eighties (catalogue essay), National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 1983

  • Bernice Murphy, Australian Perspecta 1983, (catalogue essay), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1983

 

Articles


  • Courtney Kidd, ‘A disciplined eye’, Australian Art Collector, Issue 47, January – March 2009

  • Jeff Makin, ‘Straight Batt to humour’, The Herald Sun, 30 April 2008

  • Jeff Makin, ‘Mavericks make a fine match’, The Herald Sun, 4 September 2006

  • Jeff Makin, ‘Nudes look better in the light’, Herald Sun, 15 November 2004

  • Chris Beck, ‘Inspiration for the sole’, The Age, 2 October 2004

  • Matthew Westwood, ‘Zen moments give artist peace with paper’, The Australian, 13 September 2004

  • Julia Medew, ‘Top prize proves artist’s new work is no paper tiger’, The Sunday Age, 12 September 2004

  • Ashley Crawford, ‘Paul Boston’, Australian Art Collector, Issue No. 25, July – Sep 2003

  • Megan Backhouse, ‘Exploring the artist-as celebrity’, The Age, 5 July 2003

  • Clay Lucas, ‘Wrong side of river, right side of talent’, The Melbourne Times, 2 July 2003

  • Megan Backhouse, ‘Art from the other side’, The Age, 14 June 2003

  • Sasha Grishin, ‘Unusual, beautiful and unforgettable’, The Canberra Times, 19 June 2002

  • Robert Nelson, ‘Consistency can be death to making art’, The Age, 17 November 2001

  • Jeff Makin, ‘The road to reality’, Herald Sun, 5 November 2001

  • Roger Taylor, ‘Engaging the World’, Asian Art News, March 2001

  • Robert Nelson, ‘Telling a story in a few lines’, The Age, 20 October 1999

  • Robert Rooney, ‘Robert Rooney on art: Mike Brown, Darryl Tilson, Paul Boston’, The Australian, 23 August 1996

  • Roger Taylor, ‘Paul Boston’, Asian Art News, May-June 1995

  • John McDonald, ‘Extremes in quality of the experience’, Sydney Morning Herald, 27 August 1994

  • Gary Catalano, ‘A culture like nature: an interview with Paul Boston’, Art Monthly Australia, no. 62, Canberra, August 1993

  • Robert Rooney, ‘Paper on a grand scale’, The Weekend Australian, 31 July 1993

  • Christopher Heathcote, ‘Boston’s ambiguities of line a stretch for the imagination’, The Age, 30 July 1993

  • Gary Catalano, ‘Boston dwells on things out there’, The Age, 3 September 1990

  • Gary Catalano, ‘Paul Boston takes his elusive qualities into another dimension’,

  • The Age, August 1989

  • Gary Catalano, ‘Paul Boston is a burglar of a special kind’, Review, 1988

  • Gary Catalano, ‘A question of selection’, The Age, 26 February 1988

  • Gary Catalano, ‘Fusion of impulses’, The Age, 22 May 1987

  • Michael Wardell, ‘Paul Boston’, Art and Australia, vol. 23, no 4, Winter 1986

  • Interview with Paul Boston, conducted by Ted Gott, 19 June 1986*

  • Ronald Miller, ‘Happiness is a room full of Monet’, The Herald, August 1985

  • Robert Rooney, ‘Best places to be hung, The Australian, 17 August 1985

  • Memory Holloway, ‘Long awaited and much needed Pop display,’ The Age, 1983

  • Tony Oliver, ‘Paul Boston, Homme dans un Passage’, Art Press, no. 74, Paris, October 1983

  • Rod Carmichael, ‘Artist goes in head first’, The Sun, 7 September 1983