Paul Maher is a Newcastle-based artist whose practice centres on suburban landscape painting and drawing. Paul is a compulsive sketcher, who habitually fills A5 art journals with drawings of suburban Newcastle life. Through daily drawing expeditions, Paul captures his changing built environment, the antics of people and their pets in parks within a urban coastal setting. Paul aims to translate the directness of his drawing style and a familiar Australian landscape into his paintings and iPad drawings.
Paul first started exhibiting in Newcastle in the late 1980s after graduating from The University of Newcastle in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) and a Post-Graduate Diploma - Painting in 1985. He first exhibited at galleries including Nick Mitzevich's 249 Gallery, The Lock Up's John Paynter Gallery and Von Bortouch Galleries and has continued to maintain a steady exhibition practice while first working as a secondary school art teacher and now as an urban designer. His work is held in the Newcastle Art Gallery as well as private collections in Australia and overseas. He played a leading role in public and community art projects that flourished in Newcastle following the 1989 earthquake. His public art included several large-scale post-earthquake murals across the City and pavemental mosaics which are still in place on Beaumont Street Hamilton and Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery sculpture park.
In 2015, Paul was a finalist in the Kilgour Art Prize, Newcastle Art Gallery. In 2016 a finalist in the Redlands Art Prize. In 2017 he was a finalist in the Brisbane Art Prize and in October 2017, he undertook a Police Point Artist in Residence Program coordinated by the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Arts & Culture, Victoria. Paul's first exhibition at Gallery 139 was In this city's side from 28 Oct - 14 Nov 2015. His second solo exhibition in 2018 SHORE LINES included ceramics and paintings further exploring the Newcastle coastline.
Paul will be presenting another solo exhibition from 25 Oct - 4 Nov 2018 ANZAC WALK to help celebrate Gallery 139’s 4 years on Beaumont Street.
Hear Paul speak on 1233 ABC Newcastle's Story Box on 27 October 2016 including talking about his exhibition In this city's side 2015.
Please follow Paul on his Artist Facebook page for regular updates.
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The unbreakable Paul Maher
By Melinda McMillan | FEBRUARY 21 2018 - 11:01AM | www.newcastlestar.com.au
Paul Maher's urban art
By Melinda McMillan | 24 August 2017 | www.newcastlestar.com.au
Maher takes his brushes to Portsea
By JIM KELLAR | 27 Mar 2017, 4 p.m | www.newcastleherald.com
Paul Maher: Visualising suburbia
By JIM KELLAR | Oct. 23, 2015, 9:30 p.m | www.newcastleherald.com
Paul Maher iPad drawings above and the painting below, were originally exhibited at The University Gallery in March 2017 are available for purchase from the gallery, please contact email@example.com or 0434 886 450 to for further information or to arrange a viewing.