Paul Selwood

18 May 2006 to 10 Jun 2006

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Paul Selwood first studied sculpture at the National Art School, Sydney in 1964.
At the end of 1965 he went to Greece to carve marble in the Lit Nitus quarries on the island of Paros, famed for its pure white marble since classical times. He then spent the next six years in London where he was represented by the Kasmin Gallery and met many of the avant-guarde painters and sculptors of the time. He was invited to teach sculpture at the Bath Academy of Art in 1969 and 1970. Since his return to Australia in 1971, Selwood has given over twenty solo exhibitions of sculpture.

Some of the works in this exhibition, reflect the experience of a return visit to Europe in 2005. These forms suggest the impervious gravity of an archaic architecture in which Selwood has forged elements of heavy steel to evoke a connection to an iron age heritage. Other works rise vertically defying the gravitational force of their mass, these pieces having only a small footprint, suggest a figurative character through balance and contrapposto.

Music in the House, Requiem and Song further develop Selwood’s investigations of form and space. They are a continuation of the Folded Form series, works in which designs are cut into a single sheet of steel and then opened out from this plane to occupy three dimensional space. Playing with the constraints of this approach, Selwood fashions notions that for him represent a means of expressing the way music can fill an enclosed physical space.

As well as working in steel, Selwood models ideas for sculpture in paper. These folded paper constructions provide the artist with a more immediate process, like drawing, through which both sculptural possibilities and colour experiments can be developed.

In the large work Points of Possible Surety, he uses the folded form as a point of departure. Here he begins to model architectural volume, forming up some parts of the work while leaving other parts as the residual cut edge or drawing of the welding torch.

artwork Points of possible surety by SELWOOD, Paul

1.  Paul Selwood
Points of possible surety 2003

140 x 146 x 130  cm

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artwork Vertical Stages by SELWOOD, Paul

2.  Paul Selwood
Vertical Stages 2005

160 x 19 x 9  cm

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artwork Vortex by SELWOOD, Paul

3.  Paul Selwood
Vortex 2005
steel, hot zinc sprayed and painted
bears artist's stamp and date
60 x 9 x 13  cm

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artwork Doges Palace by SELWOOD, Paul

4.  Paul Selwood
Doges Palace 2005
steel, hot zinc sprayed and painted
bears artist's stamp and date
50 x 40 x 44  cm

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artwork Giudecca by SELWOOD, Paul

5.  Paul Selwood
Giudecca 2005
steel, hot zinc sprayed and painted
bears artist's stamp and date
63 x 55 x 50  cm

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artwork Venice by SELWOOD, Paul

6.  Paul Selwood
Venice 2005
steel, hot zinc sprayed and painted
bears artist's stamp and date
70 x 53 x 58  cm

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artwork Music in the House by SELWOOD, Paul

7.  Paul Selwood
Music in the House 2004
steel, hot zinc sprayed and painted
bears artist's stamp and date
80 x 84 x 60  cm

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artwork Requiem by SELWOOD, Paul

8.  Paul Selwood
Requiem 2005
steel, hot zinc sprayed and painted
bears artist's stamp and date
39 x 57 x 31  cm

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artwork Hill Town by SELWOOD, Paul

9.  Paul Selwood
Hill Town 2006
steel, hot zinc sprayed and painted
bears artist's stamp and date
22 x 68 x 36  cm

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artwork Abercrombi Night by SELWOOD, Paul

10.  Paul Selwood
Abercrombi Night 2005
steel, hot zinc sprayed and painted
bears artist's stamp and date
29 x 60 x 22  cm

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artwork First Watch by SELWOOD, Paul

11.  Paul Selwood
First Watch 2005
burnished steel
bears artist's stamp and date
25 x 53 x 33  cm

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artwork Celtic Ruin by SELWOOD, Paul

12.  Paul Selwood
Celtic Ruin 2005
steel, hot zinc sprayed and painted
bears artist's stamp and date
21 x 25 x 21  cm

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artwork Town Centre (Market Place) by SELWOOD, Paul

13.  Paul Selwood
Town Centre (Market Place) 2006

19 x 38 x 29  cm

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artwork Apian Way by SELWOOD, Paul

14.  Paul Selwood
Apian Way 2005
steel, hot zinc sprayed and painted
bears artist's stamp and date
27 x 35 x 26  cm

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artwork Verse Cube by SELWOOD, Paul

15.  Paul Selwood
Verse Cube 2006
steel, hot zinc sprayed and painted
bears artist's stamp and date
24 x 31 x 18  cm

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artwork Town Square by SELWOOD, Paul

16.  Paul Selwood
Town Square 2005
steel, hot zinc sprayed and painted
bears artist's stamp and date
22 x 18 x 15  cm

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artwork Watch Tower by SELWOOD, Paul

17.  Paul Selwood
Watch Tower 2005
steel, hot zinc sprayed and painted
bears artist's stamp and date
19 x 22 x 11  cm

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artwork Rhyming Couplets 2 by SELWOOD, Paul

18.  Paul Selwood
Rhyming Couplets 2 2005
steel, hot zinc sprayed and painted
bears artist's stamp and date
19 x 29 x 8  cm

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artwork Song by SELWOOD, Paul

19.  Paul Selwood
Song 2006
steel, hot zinc sprayed and painted
bears artist's stamp and date
13 x 17 x 12  cm

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artwork Rhyming Couplets by SELWOOD, Paul

20.  Paul Selwood
Rhyming Couplets 2004
steel, hot zinc sprayed and painted
bears artist's stamp and date
17 x 23 x 11  cm

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