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Paul Nolan
 
Contemporary | Traditional Japanese Art  (NSW)
 
Paul Nolan began formal art study with four years at the National Art School of Australia and developed a keen sense of Australia's position in relation to the “far east”. Enthralled by the art of Japan he moved there in 1975 to study Suibokuga under Matsumoto Hozan Sensei. In 1982 Paul became a Monbusho scholar at Tokyo National University of fine Arts and Music, studying contemporary and classical Japanese Painting methods and aesthetics and gaining a Masters Degree in Nihonga in1986. Nihonga materials include Japanese hand made papers, sumi ink, natural mineral pigments, sea-shell white, gold and silver leaf with animal glue binder.

Paul has held numerous group exhibitions and one man shows in Tokyo and Australia including Japan Foundation in Sydney (2001), Nihonga Paintings at the Gosford Regional Gallery (2006), NAIDOC Week Reconciliation Exhibition at Gosford, which won him a joint first prize with Indigenous artist Kelly Roach, and the Florence Biennale (2011).

Paul says in his artist statement, “ I make my paintings with a mind to the totemic function of art. The production of my works from inspiration to execution is celebratory, that we are in nature and nature is in us.”
 
   
  Photos: "Shore of memory". Materials; natural pigments on washi ( kumohadamashi ). cms.72x91; "Society where none intrudes". Materials; natural pigments on silver leaf on washi ( kumohadamashi ). cms.46x61
   
 
 
Website: http://paulnolan.com.au/
Email: paulnolan01@bigpond.com
Link: Nihonga100
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Phone: 02 4353 1362