Paul Snell was born in Australia in 1968 and studied art at the Tasmanian School of Art from 1986 – 1989. After a year of travel Snell completed his honours year in 1995 where he was admitted to the Deans Roll of Excellence. He has been working as an artist and teacher for the past 20 years. He has exhibited widely in numerous solo and group exhibitions.
Recent exhibitions include Codes and Conventions (2012) Colville Gallery and NONOBJECTIVE_present (2012) 120 Langford Gallery has curated several group shows including “Missing Presumed Dead” (2011-2013). A nationally touring exhibition dealing with non-representational photography.
His work is held in private and public collections nationally including Art Bank. Snell has been a finalist in many National Prizes including The Blake Prize (2011), The Geelong Print Prize (2011), The Prometheus Art Award (2011) and The Sunshine Coast Art Prize (2011). In 2012 he won the nationally recognised Tidal Art Prize.
In 2010 Snell travelled to London and New York undertaking research and development for his practice and in 2011 he was awarded his MCA from the University of Tasmania.
In this era of “Post-Photography” Snell showcases the expansion of the creative potential of digital image making. The work is purely formal and self-referential in its intentions and colour is the fundamental ingredient whose vibrancy is maximised by form. His current work is rooted equally in the language of abstract painting and the temporal nature of the moving image. These seductive non-representational images have the potential to become self-referential genuine icons.