Paul Davies is an Australian-born, Los Angeles - based artist whose work is driven by friction between opposing forces of built and natural environments, design and art, abstraction and figuration. These boundaries and relationships are illustrated through Davies' process, which combines painting, stenciling, photography and sculpture.

In this era of surveillance, Davies repeats and collages facades of modern architecture, the neutrality of which blurs what is revealed and concealed. Sighting the manner in which information is often reiterated, Davies employs stencils, hand cut and derived from the artist's own digital photographs. These are then applied in various mediums to render uncertain what is original and reproduction.

Davies recently completed a residency at The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture Phoenix and work from this is now in the permanent collection of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2013, he was awarded a residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris by the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Davies was featured with Luc Tuymans and Peter Doig in essay "Limbo Architecture - Painters of Modernism" by Aaron Betsky, Director of the Cincinnati Art Museum (2006 - 2014), for the May 2014 edition of Architecture Review. Davies has been included in 'Public Trust: It's About What We Do' and 'The Kindness of Strangers: Recent Acquisitions and Conservation Projects' both at the SMOCA, 'Condition Reports' curated by Ranjit Hoskote for India Art Fair, McClelland Collection' at the McClelland gallery + Sculpture Park. His work is held in several public and corporate collections such as the Macquarie University, Maitland Regional Gallery, Historic Houses Trust, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Artbank, Geelong Gallery, Rothschild, Kerry Stokes collection, Strickland, and published in prestigious magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Los Angeles Times, Art & Australia, W Magazine online, Wallpaper online, the Australian Financial Review and Blouin Artinfo. Davies has a Masters by research at the University of New South Wales - Art and Design, Australia.


Paul Davies

2014: Masters by Research UNSW College of Art & Design
2006: Painting Master Class, National Art School
2000: Bachelor of Fine Arts, UNSW College of Fine Art
2016: Taliesin Artist Residency Program, Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture
2013: Cite des Arts Residency, Paris, Awarded by The Art Gallery of NSW


2017 - Forthcoming MAK Centre for Art and Architecture Los Angeles
Paintings and Photographs Soho House West Hollywood
Everything Loose Will Land in LA Olsen Gallery Sydney
We Tell Ourselves Stories Art District 13 Gallery Delhi

2016 - 24 Photograms Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture Phoenix
Paul Davies Ar t16 ar t fair London
Hollywood Stills Sophie Gannon Gallery Melbourne
Southern Exposure Ar t District 13 Delhi

2015 - Devoid of Sensation Heather James Fine Art, Palm Desert
Other Desert Spaces Olsen Irwin Gallery Sydney

2014 - Pastiche: A lens through which to view the present UNSW College of Ar t & Design Sydney
Built in Translation The Fine Ar t Society London
Built in Translation II Ar t District 13 Gallery, Delhi
Other Desert Spaces The Standard, Hollywood

2013 - Switching Utopia Sophie Gannon Gallery Melbourne
Flattening Sublime Cite Internationale des Arts Paris

2012 - Flattening Sublime Olsen Irwin Gallery Sydney

2011 - Pentimento Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
Void The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong (catalogue published)
Por traits Tim Olsen Gallery at Christine Abrahams Galler y, Melbourne
Por traits Gold Coast City Regional Art Gallery

2010 - Hanmer Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney (catalogue published)
Modern Home Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, London

2009 - New Paintings Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
Re-Constr uctions Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong


2017 - Landscape Palm Springs Art Museum
The Kindness of Strangers: Recent Acquisitions and Conservation Projects Scottsdale
Museum of Contemporary Art
Condition Report India Art Fair Art District 13 Gallery Curated By Ranjit Hoskote
Framing Nature McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park
Sydney Contemporary Olsen Gallery, Sophie Gannon Gallery

2016 - Public Tr ust Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
McClelland Collection McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park
Chippendale New Wor ld Art Pr ize (highly commended) judged by
Wayne Tunnicliffe head of Australian art at the Art Gallery of NSW

2015 - Oberoi collection curated by Kapil Chopra, Delhi
Summer season Heather James Fine Art, Jackson Hole
Winter season Heather James Fine Art, Curated by Chip Tom, Palm Desert
Works on Paper China Heights Gallery Sydney

2014 - Summer season Heather James Fine Art, Jackson Hole
Winter season Heather James Fine Art, Palm Desert
Signal 8: Salon Show The Cat Street Gallery
Summer exhibition Sophie Gannon Gallery

2013 - Natural Selection The Fine Art Society Contemporary London
Fleurieu Art Prize (finalist) Australia
Yer ing Station Ar t Pr ize (finalist) Australia
Arnold Bloch Leibler Ar t Prize (finalist) Australia
Albany Ar t Prize (finalist) Australia
Reflections - The M Collection Exhibition Dianne Tanzer Gallery
Signal 8: Salon Show The Cat Street Gallery
Wild Australia Yen Reis Gallery Singapore

2012 - Woollahra Small Sculpture Pr ize finalist, Australia
Pat Cor r igan: Ar t Collector Maitland Regional Art Gallery
Signal 8: Salon Show The Cat Street Gallery
Wattle Cat Street Galler y, Hong Kong

2011 - Evocatecture Heather James Fine Art Gallery
NSW Par liament Plein Air Painting Prize (finalist) Australia
Heat Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
Self Portraits China Heights Gallery, Sydney - curated by Paul Davies
A Summer Survey Tim Olsen Gallery

2010 - Structural Through-Line (Coherence) Lawrence Asher Gallery, Los Angeles
The King’s School Ar t Pr ize (finalist)
Miscellanea Tim Olsen Galler y
Dragon Garden The Cat Street Galler y Hong Kong


Blouin Artinfo, Huffington Post, Architectural Review, LA Times, Vanity Fair U.K. Online, W Magazine Online, Wallpaper * Online, Vogue Australia, Tatler Asia Online, Asian Art News, Australian Financial Review, Hindustan Times, Vogue Living, Harper’s Bazaar, The Asian Age, Verve Magazine, The Indian Express, The Hindu, GQ Australia, Art & Australia, The Sydney Morning Herald, WISH Magazine - The Australian, Sunday Arts ABC, The Wall Art Magazine India.


Crocker Art Museum
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Macquarie University
Geelong Gallery
Bond University
McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park
Maitland Regional Gallery
Historic Houses Trust
Gold Coast City Art GFELLOWSHIPS/GRANTSallery
Pat Corrigan Collection
Kerry Stokes Collection


2016 - Taliesin Ar tist Residency Program, Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture
2013 - Cite des Ar ts Residency, Paris, Awarded by The Art Galler y of NSW


The Wall Tv

Paul Davies in conversation with Jyotsna Sharma


Datebook: 'Southern Exposure by Paul Davies" at Art District XIII, Delhi.


Indian Express

The Silent Observer

The friction between built architecture and nature serves as a domi


A Modernist Masterpiece in the Hollywood Hills Has Become a Meta Museum

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