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Paul Compton’s drawings, woodcuts and collages are known for their depictions of ghostly apparitions, odd and cosmic beasts, subliminal spaces and playfully conjured portraits. 

Paul’s inspirations range from automatic drawing and writing, spiritualism, animals, cultural oddities and religious iconography through to the visual textures of fur, wood and fabric. The conflicting forces of black and white, physical and spiritual, intertwine.


Paul Compton - visual artist

Born Melbourne, 1984

Solo exhibitions:​

2023      Apparitions  Printmaker Gallery, Melbourne

2017       Noirscapes  Printmaker Gallery, Melbourne

2016       kingdom  Off the Kerb, Melbourne

2012       Bygones  Bundoora Homestead Arts Centre, Melbourne

2012       Varieté  Gecko Studio Gallery, Fish Creek Victoria

2012       Domestic Disturbance  Hand Held Gallery, Melbourne

2010       Houses of Blood and Rapture  Hand Held Gallery, Melbourne

2009       Tender Things  Hand Held Gallery, Melbourne

2006       The Dead Dog Project  First Site Gallery, Melbourne

Two-person exhibitions:

2018       Conjurings (with Michael Needham) The Lost Ones Gallery, Ballarat

2011        Lost Is Found (with Priscilla Ambrosini)  Hand Held Gallery, Melbourne

2010       Drift (with Ellen Benson)  Library Art Space, Melbourne

2010       The Franky and Paul Show (with Franky Howell)  Pigment Gallery, Melbourne

Selected Group Exhibitions:​

2022       Animal Crackers, Satellite Projects, Castan Chambers, Melbourne

2021       ALLone, Satellite Projects (online exhibition)

2019       CUT, Red Gallery, Melbourne

2019       Paperlicious, Red Gallery, Melbourne

2019       The Museum of Platitudes and Aphorisms, Rubicon ARI, Melbourne

2019       The Museum of Platitudes and Aphorisms, C3 Gallery, Melbourne

2018-19 Drawing Strength, Montsalvat, Melbourne

2018       The Mule a Thousand Miles From Home, Jacombe, Victoria

2018       Through a Glass Darkly, Collins Place Gallery, Melbourne

2017        Imaginings, Neospace, Melbourne

2017        First Site 21st Birthday Show, First Site Gallery, Melbourne

2017        Graeme Hildebrand Art Prize for Young Contemporary Artists, Red Gallery, Melbourne

2017        Dark Contrasts, Town Hall Gallery Hawthorn

2017        Cut and Press, Red Gallery, Melbourne

2016        Panoply, Metropolis Gallery, Geelong

2016        Creatures, Queenscliff Gallery & Workshop, Victoria

2016        CUT, Dirty Dozen, Melbourne

2016        Carousel, Melbourne Fringe Festival

2016        Eventide Mornington Peninsula Regional Art Gallery, Victoria (Download the Eventide catalogue PDF here)

2016        Modern Myth Counihan Gallery, Melbourne

2016        Return To Hanging Rock: 40 Years of Picnic At Hanging Rock Mulberry Hill, Victoria

2015        Magical  Neospace, Melbourne (Download the Magical catalogue PDF here

2015        Allusion  The Art Vault, Mildura Victoria (Download the Allusion catalogue PDF here)

2015        Group Therapy  Brunswick Arts, Melbourne

2015        2015 Silk Cut Award for Lino Cut Prints  Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Melbourne

2015        Two of a Kind  Bundoora Homestead Arts Centre, Melbourne

2014        Above the Mantle: 21st Mayoral Art Exhibition, Maroondah Art Gallery, Melbourne

2014        The Bloke Show  Project Space/Spare Room, Melbourne

2014        Swan Hill Print & Drawing Acquisitive Awards 2014

2013-14 Darebin Art Show  Bundoora Homestead Arts Centre, Melbourne

2013        Wonder Room  Maroondah Art Gallery, Melbourne (Download the Wonder Room catalogue PDF here)

2013        Monstrous  Neospace, Melbourne (Download the Monstrous catalogue PDF here)

2012-13 The Enchanted Dome: The Library and the Imagination  State Library of Victoria

2012       Vignette/Vitrene  Hand Held Gallery, Melbourne

2012        Freak of Nature  King Family Artspace, Boulder Colorado USA

2011        In Suspense  Hand Held Gallery, Melbourne

2011        Nether Regions  St. Heliers Street Gallery, Melbourne

2011        Freak of Nature  Switchbank Gallery, Victoria (Download the Freak of Nature catalogue PDF here)

2011        Manly Library Artists' Book Award  Manly Library, NSW

2010-11 High Tea  Bundoora Homestead Arts Centre, Melbourne

2010       Blackboard  Hand Held Gallery, Melbourne

2009       Heidelberg Fine Art Group Show  Somewhere Gallery, Melbourne

2009       Small Works 09  Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne

2009       Linden Postcard Show  Linden Gallery, Melbourne

2007       Folio 10  Forty-Five Downstairs, Melbourne

2006       Verisimilitude  Jackman Gallery, Melbourne

2005       Function / Satisfaction  Goya Galleries, Melbourne

2004       Sweet Sixteen  Goya Galleries, Melbourne

2003       Three Hundred and Eight Days  Project Space Gallery, Melbourne

Art Prize:

Mayoral Acquisition Prize at the 21st Mayoral Art Exhibition, 2014 Maroondah Art Gallery

Commendation award at the Graeme Hildebrand Art Prize for Young Contemporary Artists, 2017 Red Gallery


Print Imaging Practise Residency 2014, RMIT University, Melbourne

Public Collections:

City of Darebin

Maroondah City Council

State Library of Victoria

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