BIOGRAPHY

Raised on a farming property on the Murray River near Mildura, Australian artist Sally Paxton did not acquire a formal education in art, instead she studied nature intently through practical exploration and tactile foraging.

Paxton admits, “My childhood is best described as free range, I would disappear for hours exploring bush.  Fast forward a few decades with a handful of amazing children an incredibly supportive husband and armed with a good dose of life experience, it was finally time for me to express my creativity.  I completed an Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts in 2013 and so my journey began. It feels like I have come home, I am my true self when in the studio painting and drawing.”

Paxton is an accomplished pointillist, producing work that blends both the galactic and supremely natural.  Her work is unique and distinctive, earning her high praise critically and a body of collectors worldwide, including Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz. Sally delivers ethereal delight and myriad visual experiences within each piece, something that astute collectors will immediately recognise as synonymously “Paxton”.

Her process if fluid, both in evolution and nature. Paxton explains, “By investigating the concept of nature in a nostalgic way, I explore the dynamics of life in the world. Repetitive pattern and shape, particularly multiple dots or droplets of paint dominate my work…Intricate and delicate forms intertwine. Just as my reality and my imagination blend onto the canvas or paper a part of me is embedded into each work. Each piece incorporates time, space and colour in a fictional and experiential universe that merges bit by bit.”

Among her accomplishments, Paxton has participated in several solo and group shows around her native Australia and has claimed first place in two categories of the EmergencE, Gallery One Art Prize and was a finalist in the Stanthorpe 25K Art Prize.

EDUCATION

2014 Advanced Diploma Visual Arts, Nambour TAFE, QLD
2014 Diploma Visual Arts, Tewantin TAFE, QLD
2013 Certificate 4 Visual Arts, Tewantin TAFE, QLD

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2019 Threesome International Group Show, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, QLD
2019 Affordable Art and Sculptures Group Show, Fellia Melas Gallery, Woollahra, NSW
2019 Directors Choice exhibition, Sofitel Gold Coast, QLD
2019 Sydney Group Show. Fellia Melas Gallery, Woollahra, NSW
2018 4×4 Exhibition, Fellia Melas Gallery, Woolahra NSW
2018 Stanthorpe Art Prize Exhibition, Stanthorpe Art Gallery, Stanthorpe QLD
2018 Works on Paper Exhibition, Fellia Melas Gallery, Woolahra NSW
2017 Colours of The Spirit (solo), 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, QLD
2017 Affordable Art – Small Paintings and Sculptures, Felia Melas Gallery NSW
2016 Trailblazing Women of Herstory, Neospace Gallery  Melbourne VIC
2016 30th Annual Downlands Art Exhibition Toowoomba QLD
2016 Directors Choice Group Exhibition #2, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLD
2014 EmergencE, Gallery One Nambour QLD
2014 Migration, Gallery Space – Tafe Tewantin QLD
2014 Match Box, Gallery Space –  Tafe Tewantin QLD
2014 Deconstruction, Gallery Space – Tafe Tewantin QLD
2013 Cert 4 Final Year Exhibition, Gallery Space – Tafe Tewantin QLD
2013 SCAP T3, Butter Factory Cooroy QLD
2013 Essence of the Coast, Eumundi Markets, Eumundi QLD
2013 Nambour Public Library, Nambour QLD
2013 Body Art Exhibition, Eumundi QLD

AWARDS

2018 Finalist – Stanthrope Art Prize
2014 Winner – EmergencE, Gallery One – Body of work
2014 People’s Choice – EmergencE, Gallery One

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