Paul Sloan

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1970. Lives and works in Adelaide, South Australia. 

Paul Sloan lives and works in Adelaide, South Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and has been the recipient of a number of prestigious grants and residencies. His works are held in public and private collections across Australia, China, Ireland, Finland and New Zealand. A multidisciplinary artist, Paul draws upon multiple landscapes—sonic, socio-political, historical, art historical— for inspiration. His practice explores the recurring themes of revolution and rebellion, imperialism and hegemony. He explores these themes through works in gouache on paper, oil on canvas, sculpture, sound and photography.


1998  Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours), RMIT, Melbourne
1991  Certificate of Fine Art: North Adelaide School of Art, Adelaide


2022  Elemental, Unley Museum, Adelaide
2021  Group Show, Caves Gallery, Melbourne
2020  Animal Kingdom, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide
2017-18  Romancing the Skull. Art Gallery of Ballarat
2017  If it keeps on raining, the levee’s gonna break, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide
2016 Illusions of History, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide.
Spring 1883, Hotel Windsor, Melbourne
2015 CACSA Contemporary 2015, 172 Morphett Street, Adelaide
2014  World Index, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide
World Index, Royal Geographic Society of South Australia, State Library of South Australia, Adelaide
Eight SALA Festival, Adelaide Town Hall, Adelaide
New Bounty, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide
Knowing the Interior, a projection onto the Adelaide Festival Centre
2013  Heartland, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Young Collectors Group Show, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide
2012  Tyranny of Distance, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide
Objectified, SASA Gallery, Adelaide
2011  New Sabbath Orchestra. Live performance with Dylan Martorell at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne
Soft Rebellion, SASA Gallery, South Australian School of Art, Adelaide
2010  Black Water Blues, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide
Musique Povera, Live music performance for Dylan Martorell at Heide Museum of Contemporary Art, Melbourne
New New, CACSA, Adelaide
2009  Reverberations, Until Never Gallery, Melbourne
Psychic Souvenirs, Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide
Tomorrow is the Question, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide
Road Movies, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide
2008  South Australian Living Artists (SALA Festival), Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
2007  New Worlds and Territories, Gallery 9, Sydney
Things will be Great, Mop Art Space, Sydney
2006  Life is a Beautiful Monster, Downtown Art Space, Adelaide
Snapshot, Australian Experimental Art Foundation (AEAF), Adelaide
Paradise Lost, Crossley & Scott Gallery, Melbourne
2005  Important Works on Paper, Crossley & Scott Gallery, Melbourne
2004  SALA Moving Image Festival, Mercury Cinema, Adelaide
2003  SALA Moving Image Festival, Mercury CInema, Adelaide
Crossley & Scott - Group 2, Crossley & Scott Gallery, Melbourne
Ornithology, Crossley & Scott Gallery, Melbourne


2021  Red Gate Artist Gallery 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Beijing, China
2016  Bang Bang Bang Bang, No_Way Space, Beijing
Speaking FoxesCCN155 Gallery, Beijing
2015  Artist in residency exhibition, Red Gate Artist Gallery, Beijing
2014  Artist in residency exhibition and workshop, HIAP Centre, Helsinki
2013  Snap to Grid, LACDA (Los Angeles Centre for Digital Art), Los Angeles
2012 Sequoia Group Show, The WYE, Berlin
Across the Water, Orexart, Auckland
2008  Cycles, Synth Eastwood, Dublin, Ireland
Flags and Anthems. Synth Eastwood. Dublin, Ireland
2004  Southern, Home Galleries, Prague, Czechoslovakia
2002  Diamonds in the Rough, The Betting Shop, London


2015  Red Gate Artist Residency, Beijing, China
2014  Australia Council for the Arts: HIAP Residency Helsinki, Finland (undertaken), Australia
2012  Council for the Arts: New Work, Established
2011  Australia Council for the Arts: HIAP Residency Helsinki, Finland (awarded)
Australia Council for the Arts Visual Arts Grant, New Work, Established
Ed Tweddell Residency, Central Studios, Adelaide, Australia
2008  The Embankment Building Private Residency, Shanghai, China
2006  Arts SA: Emerging Artist Art Grant
1996-97  Detour Arts Projects, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
1993  Castle Ellen Estate Residency, Galway, Ireland


2021  Tatiara Art Prize (Finalist, Walkway Gallery, Bordertown
Public Art Concept Design, Monarti Safari Park, South Australia
Nature Festival Art Workshop, City of Adelaide, South Australia
2020  Pigeon, Rundle Mall, City of Adelaide
2019  Public Art Concept Design, Port Pirie Regional Council, South Australia
Bat Camp Art Workshop, Adelaide Zoo and City of Adelaide
2018  Public Art Concept Design, City of Onkaparinga, South Australia
Mask Art Workshop, Art Gallery of South Australia and City of Adelaide
2017  Public Art Concept Design, City of Marion, South Australia
2016  Heysen Art Prize (Finalist), Hahndorf Academy, Adelaide
Substation Art Prize (Finalist), Substation Gallery, Melbourne
2015  Gold Coast Art Prize (Finalist), Gold Coast City Gallery, Queensland
Fleurieu Biennale (Finalist), South Australia.
2012  The Churchie Art Prize (Finalist), Griffiths University, Queensland
2010  Stan and Maureen Duke Gold Coast Art Prize (Finalist), Gold Coast City Gallery Queensland, Fleurieu
2008  Biennale (Finalist), Hardy's Tintara Winery, South Australia.
Waterhouse Art Prize (Finalist). South Australian Museum, Adelaide.
2006  Robert Jacks Drawing Prize (Finalist), Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo, Victoria
2004  Waterhouse Art Prize (Finalist), South Australian Museum, Adelaide


2020  100 Artworks That Define a City: Art of the City of Adelaide. Government of South Australia, City of Adelaide
2017  Romancing the Skull Exhibition Catalogue, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat.
2016  McKenzie, Jenna, Paul Sloan’s Interior Motives,Fineprint magazine
2014  HIAP - Musings, Activities and Movements, HIAP,  Helsinki
2014  CACSA Contemporary
2015 CACSA, Adelaide
2013  Heartland, Contemporary Art From South Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
2002  Diamonds in the Rough, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne


2008  Hits from the Wand, FELT Artspace, Adelaide
2001  Diamonds in the Rough (Co-curator), Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne


Art Gallery of South Australia
Castle Ellen, Galway, Ireland
City of Adelaide (Public Art)
Dixon Scott Chambers, Melbourne
Melbourne Treasury Building
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
Private collections