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Paul Newton

b. 1961

Paul Newton (b. 1961), is a Sydney-based portrait painter noted for his ability to capture likeness and sensibility. Newton completed a science degree at the University of Sydney before pursuing his interest in painting at the Julian Ashton Art School. He has been an Archibald Prize finalist eleven times, most recently for his portrait of Rupert Myer AO in 2017. His portrait of comedians John Doyle and Greig Pickhaver (Roy and HG) won the Packers’ Prize and the People’s Choice Award in 2001. Newton has twice been a finalist in the Moran Portrait Prize, and he has twice won first place in the Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait Competition – once for his portrait of David Campese, now one of the most popular paintings in the Portrait Gallery’s collection. Newton’s recent commissions include 32 works concerning the history of Catholicism in Australia for the Domus Australia Chapel in Rome. His portraits of Patrick Corrigan AM, David Gonski AC, Frank Lowy AC and Imelda Roche AO are also in the Portrait Gallery’s collection.
Updated 2018