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Paul Snell

Australia

17 Works exhibited

Current location

Launceston, Tasmania

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  • About the Artist
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Paul Snell combines traditional and digital techniques to explore the possibilities of abstraction and minimalism in contemporary photo-media. 
He lives and works in Launceston, Tasmania.


Education

Snell earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts at University of Tasmania in 1989, his BFA (Honors) from University of Tasmania in 1995, and his Masters of Contemporary Arts from the University of Tasmania in 2011.


Technique

Snell creates small production runs, printing each unique work in an edition of one to three. 

His process begins by capturing a location or an object on film with a traditional camera. He then digitally “decodes” the visual information present in that image. After reducing and simplifying the colors and forms, he begins an intensive “re-coding” process, during which the reduced formal elements of the work evolve their own self-referential relationships within a new composition.
 
This process blurs the boundary between “taking” and “making” a photograph. When the digital composition is complete, Snell converts it into a Chromogenic print using the Lambda printing system, which allows luminous, vibrant, colorful photographic printing onto metallic paper. The print is then mounted onto Plexiglass.


Inspiration

The visual lexicon Snell has developed is informed by the Modernist history of painting, especially minimalism and hard edged abstraction. 
Snell has described his artistic practice as a search for “sensory understanding of the physical object.” 

His images are abstract, yet also declare a certain concrete recognition of their own material substance. Snell intends to create visually arresting works that allow viewers to enter into a contemplative, or even transcendent state. He achieves this through the deployment of rhythmic, harmonious visual structures such as concentric circular or linear patterns. 

Color relationships and spatial realities are also of primary importance to Snell. The iconic presence of his works is due in part to the dynamism of the color relationships, in part to the architectonic-yet-open nature of his compositions, and in part to the vibrant, luminous qualities of the surfaces.


Relevant Quotes

Describing his work Snell has said, “These pieces are not representations of certain realities; they are their own reality. The absence of signs or objects invites the viewer to drift among primal and tonal aesthetic matter. The aim has been to immerse the viewer in color, rhythm and space, creating a sensory experience of inner contemplation and transcendence.”


Exhibitions

Snell has exhibited his work extensively throughout Australia and Tasmania, and selectively in the United States


Collections

His work is included in numerous public and private collections, including that of ArtBank, the Devonport Regional Gallery, the Burnie Regional Gallery, and the Justin House Museum.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018

Vanishing Point - Gallery 9, Sydney, NSW 

2017

Mute - Colville Gallery, Hobart, Tas 

Chromophilia - Gallery 9, Sydney, NSW The

Liminal Space - Moonah Arts Centre, Hobart, Tas 

2016

The Liminal Space - QVMAG, Launceston, Tas 

Formal, Gallery 9 - Sydney, NSW 

2015

Intersect, Colville Gallery - Hobart, Tas 

Sectant - Gallery 9, NSW 

Decoding Sydney - Gaffa, Sydney, NSW 

2014

Shift - Colville Gallery Hobart, Tas 

2013

Chromophobia - Colville Gallery, Hobart, Tas 

Decoding New York - Edmund Pearce Gallery, Vic 

Chromophobia - Rex Livingston Gallery, Sydney, NSW 

Chromophobia - Jan Manton Gallery, Qld 

2012

Afterimage -Devonport Regional Gallery, Tas 

The Persistence of Vision - The Colour Factory, Melbourne, Vic 

Codes and Convensions - Colville Gallery, Hobart, Tas 

2011

Afterglow - 146 Artspace, Hobart, Tas

 

Selected Curated and Group Exhibitions

2018

Beyond The Field (Still) - Contemporary Art Tasmania, Tas 

Colville gallery at West End Art Space, Vic 

2017

SPEED: Mobility & Exchange – Academy Galley, Tas 

There is no abstract art – Devenport Regional Gallery 

2016

OP ART – Brenda May Gallery, NSW 

2015

NEO-O-10 - Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Vic 

Standback – Moonah Arts Centre, Tas 

2014 

AT_Salon_2, Anita Treverso Gallery, Vic 

Perceptions of Space - Justin Collection, Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Vic 

The Art of Sound, Burnie Regional Gallery, Tas 

2013

Balck Echo, Stephen Mclaughlan Gallery, Vic 

Abstraction 12, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Vic 

Factory 49 @ Stephen McLachlan Gallery, Stephen Mclaughlan Gallery, Vic 

2012

NONOBJECTIVE_Present, 120 Langford Gallery, Melbourne, Vic

 

Art Fairs

2017

Den Fair, Vic

2014

Melbourne Art Fair, Vic

2013

Spectum Art Fair, New York, New York

Art Hamptons, International Art Fair, New York

2015

Winner, Whyalla Art Award, South Australia

Winner, Moreton Bay Art Award, Pine Rivers Gallery Brisbane

2012

Winner, Flanagan Art Prize, Ballarat,Vic

Winner, Tidal Art Prize, Devonport Regional Gallery, Devonport

Works by Paul Snell

Order by

2011

118 x 118 cm

3800,00 €

2015

118 x 118 cm

3800,00 €

2015

118 x 118 cm

3800,00 €

2016

118 x 118 cm

3800,00 €

2016

118 x 118 cm

3800,00 €

2017

118 x 118 cm

3800,00 €

2017

118 x 118 cm

3800,00 €

2017

118 x 118 cm

3800,00 €

2018

118 x 118 cm

3800,00 €

2018

160 x 80 cm

5400,00 €

2015

85 x 85 x 6.5 cm

3500,00 €

2014

300 x 80 cm

6500,00 €

2018

220 x 75 cm

5650,00 €

2018

220 x 75 cm

5650,00 €

2017

100 x 100 x 6.5 cm

3800,00 €

2017

100 x 100 x 6.5 cm

3800,00 €

2018

100 x 100 x 6.5 cm

3800,00 €

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