(Photo: Dean Saffron)

About the Artist

Australian artist, Paul Newton has works in the permanent collections of the Australian National Portrait GalleryParliament House Canberra, Princeton and Columbia Universities, the Cleveland Clinic, Credit Suisse First Boston (New York) and numerous other collections worldwide. His portrait sitters have included Kylie MinogueNBA Commissioner David SternWhite House Chief Economics Advisor Steve Friedman, writer Bryce Courtenay, radio broadcaster Alan Jones AO, Rugby legend David Campese, former Governor General Sir William Deane AC KBE, former Prime Minister Bob Hawke and ABC Chairman Donald McDonald AC.

Newton has ten times been selected as a finalist in the Art Gallery of NSW Archibald Prize competitionwith portraits of such notables as David Gonski AC, Maggie Tabberer, John Laws, Fred Street AM, Donald McDonald AC and Kate Fischer. His 2001 entry, a portrait of Sydney Olympic Games commentators Roy and HG, won The Peoples Choice Awards in Melbourne and Sydney as well as the Packers Prize. His portrait of arts benefactor Pat Corrigan, a finalist in the 2006 Archibald competition, was acquired for the Australian National Portrait Gallery's collection. Likewise his portrait of David Gonskiforms part of the permanent collection of the Australian National Portrait Gallery.

Newton was a finalist in the American Society of Portrait Artists' 2001 International Portrait Competition, atThe Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and his portrait of David Campese won First Place in the 2002 Portrait Society of America's International Portrait Competition, in Philadelphia. Newton won First Place in the same competition the following year.

Recently Newton was commissioned to paint 32 pictures for the interior of the Domus Australia Chapel in Rome, Italy. Among the 32 works is a portrait of newly canonised Australian Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop, and a new depiction of Our Lady of the Southern Cross. An earlier painting of Our Lady of the Southern Cross was commissioned for World Youth Day and it hangs in St Marys Cathedral, Sydney, where it was blessed in 2008 by Pope Benedict XVI.