Career Highlights

  • 2012 - Archibald Prize finalist - Portrait of David Gonski AC
  • 2010/11 - Commission to paint 32 pictures for the interior of the Domus Australia Chapel, Rome, Italy, including a full length portrait of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop.
  • 2010 - Archibald Prize Finalist - Self Portrait #2 – Dark Night of the Soul
  • 2010 - 2nd Place, Portrait Society of America Members’ competition, ‘Oil Portrait’ category
  • 2009 - First Place winner of The Portrait Society of America's Members' Showcase Portrait Competition in the Portrait of Children category for 'Michael'.
  • 2009 - Pat Corrigan AM portrait sketch acquired for State Library of Queensland.
  • 2008 - Archibald Prize Exhibition Finalist - Portrait of Donald McDonald AC.
  • 2008 - conducted Masterclasses in Oil portraiture for the Art Gallery Society of NSW at The Art Gallery of NSW.
  • 2008 - Shirley Hannan Portrait Prize, Finalist, Self-portrait
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI with Paul Newton at St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney, for the Papal blessing of Our Lady of the Southern Cross (centre), which was commissioned for World Youth Day 2008. Photos of The Pope by L'Oservatore Romano
  • 2008 - Our Lady of the Southern Cross, painted for World Youth Day 2008, St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney.
  • 2007 - Guest Speaker and Presenter - The Portrait Society of America Annual Conference, Washington DC.
  • 2006 - Portrait of Pat Corrigan AM acquired for The National Portrait Gallery's collection, Canberra.
  • 2006 - Presented Guest Lecture and conducted Masterclass at the Inspiration + Realisation series at The National Portrait Gallery
ABC Commissioner Donald McDonald AC with his portrait at the 2008 Archibald Prize Exhibition opening at the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney.
  • 2006 - First Honors Winner in The Portrait Society of America 2006 International Portrait Competition, Dallas, Texas - self portrait.
  • 2006 - Archibald Prize Finalist - Portrait of Pat Corrigan AM.
  • 2006 - Doug Moran National Portrait Prize Finalist, portrait of Tara Moss (crime fiction author and model).
  • 2005 - Shirley Hannan Portrait Prize, “Highly Commended”, portrait of Tara Moss.2005 - Shirley Hannan Portrait Prize, “Highly Commended”, portrait of Tara Moss.
(Left) Marc Pachter, Director, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery with Paul Newton at the opening of the Portrait Artists Australia portrait exhibition at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC, 2005. (Right)Paul Newton alongside his self portrait at the PAA exhibition. Photos courtesy of Randy Sager.
  • 2005 - Self-portrait exhibited in Portrait Artists Australia exhibition at the Australian Embassy, Washington D.C.
  • 2005 - 2nd Place winner in The Portrait Society of America 2005 International Portrait Competition, Washington D.C. - portrait of The President of the Senate - The Hon. Paul Calvert.
  • 2004 - Finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, portrait of Brett Sheehy, Director of The Sydney Festival.
  • 2004 - Guest Speaker and Presenter - The Portrait Society of America Conference, Boston.
  • 2004 - Archibald Prize Exhibition Finalist - Self Portrait.
  • 2004 - Shirley Hannan Portrait Prize Finalist - H.G. Nelson portrait
  • 2003 - Judge for 2003 Shirley Hannan Portrait Prize competition, Bega Valley Regional Gallery.
  • 2003 - Imelda Roche AO, portrait commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.

  • 2003 - First Place Winner in The Portrait Society of America's 2003 International Portrait Competition, Washington D.C. - Jonathan Bell portrait.
  • 2002 - First Place Winner and People's Choice Runner-up in The Portrait Society of America's 2002 International Portrait Competition, Philadelphia - David Campese portrait.
  • 2002 - Riverview College Art Show - Guest Speaker
  • 2002 - Archibald Prize Exhibition - Portrait of Fred Street AM.
  • 2002 - Finalist and People’s Choice winner in The Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize Exhibition - Bega Valley Regional Gallery - Portrait of Lilly Ainsworth.
  • 2002 - Judge for The Annual Hills Grammar School Art Award.

(Left to Right)  Paul Newton, Steve Peters, Roy Slaven (John Doyle) and H.G. Nelson (Greig Pickhaver) at the media announcement of the 2002 Archibald Packer's Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW.Photographer: Diana Panuccio.



  • 2002 - Winner of the Melbourne People's Choice Award in the 2001/2002 Archibald Prize Exhibition in Melbourne - Roy and HG portrait.
  • 2001 - Winner of the Sydney People's Choice Award and the Packers' Prize in the 2001 Archibald Prize Exhibition - Roy and HG Portrait.
  • 2001 - Finalist in the American Society of Portrait Artists 2001 International Portrait Competition - Father Byron Portrait - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.


Left: Front entrance to the National Portrait Gallery Canberra, with banner featuring a reproduction of Paul Newton's portrait of David Campese. Right: Close-up of the banner. The original portrait was acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in 2001and now forms part of the Gallery's permanent collection.


  • 2001 - David Campese no. 2 portrait acquired by National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.
  • 2000 - Salon des Refuses Exhibition - Fr Brian Byron Portrait.
  • 2000 - Sporting Portrait Prize Exhibition - David Campese Portrait.
  • 1999 - Salon des Refuses Exhibition - Bryce Courtenay Portrait.
  • 1999 - Archibald Prize Exhibition - Maggie Tabberer Portrait.
  • 1998 - Selected by The Australia Council for inclusion on Official Artists Register for the Historic Memorials Committee, Parliament House, Canberra.
  • 1998 - Judging Panel for Australian Writers and Art Directors Association AWARD awards.
  • 1997 - Archibald Prize Exhibition - Kate Fischer Portrait.
  • 1996 - Archibald Prize Exhibition - John Laws Portrait - Winner of the Packers' Prize.
  • 1995 - Salon des Refuses Exhibition - John Doyle Portrait.
  • 1994 - Judging Panel for the AXIS Awards (Auckland, New Zealand).
  • 1991 - Exhibition of oil paintings and prints at the National Interior Design Association (NIDA) Sydney Show - including a painting commissioned by the NIDA committee.
  • 1985 - Group Exhibition: Young Artists of Sydney, Sydney Town Hall.
  • 1987 - Diploma of Art 'With Distinction' from the Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney.
  • 1982 - Bachelor of Science Degree from The University of Sydney.