My painting, "I think that looks like me ", has been selected as a finalist in the Rick Amor Self Portrait Prize 2017 on show till January 7th at Montsalvat .

This Painting titled "Moon In my backyard" is on show as part of the "9x5 Now "exhibition at the Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Victorian College of the Arts.

"Swing High Swing Low" was exhibited in  my house last October 2016. Go to http://paulborg.com.au/swing-high-swing-low.php if you missed the show or would like to view it again .

More news, the drawing below titled, "Finding ones place", has been selected as a finalist in the Rick Amor drawing prize 2016 to be shown at The Art Gallery of Ballarat.

 This painting has been selected as a finalist in the Wyndham Art Prize 2016


More news, the painting below titled," Where I am in the world ", is a semi-finalist in this years Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.  2015

Great news, the painting below has been selected for the "Salon de Refuses" that will be shown at the S.H Erwin Gallery in Sydney. The show will end in September 13th and then will come to Melbourne and be shown at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery later this year. The Painting is titled "Gordon Morrison and the Dusty Miller".

Artist Statement:

I first met Gordon, the director of The Art gallery of Ballarat ,when I had a drawing in the Rick Amor prize shown there.  He had approached me about purchasing my drawing for the gallery collection, though I was grateful and honoured I couldnt resist looking at his beard, thinking wouldn’t he be a fantastic person to paint.  But as I normally paint portraits of family members or myself, I would be to nervous  to ask someone of such authority to sit for me. Well to my surprise,a few months later, while we were negotiating the sale of the drawing he asked would I be interested in painting him for the Archie. I said, “Yeah , I’ll think about it and get back to you”. But of course I was touched and honour that I was asked, but I had to think about whether  I can do it before I said yes.  Apart from his position at the gallery, Gordon is a keen gardener and loves starting plants from seeds and we compared notes on our gardens during the sitting.  In the painting his is holding a plant known as the Dusty Miller, he later told me was a plant from a cutting that a neighbour gave him when he first settled in Ballarat.  I was drawn to it because of its soft and silvery texture with curves like his beard.  The background is views of Ballarat from his backyard. The ladder that stood in his yard has so much symbolism already especially religious. The pruned tree, is over the fence, some-one elses  ownership. This is what Gordon does as a director caring for other peoples work maintaining the growth of their labour, so to speak. 

 

The two  landscape paintings below are currently on show in Malta, in an exhibition called "Beyond Malta" a show of  Australian and Canadian artists of Maltese heritage living abroad. The exhibition is held at the "Auberge d'talie" in Valletta. If my research is right Caravaggio probably lived in this building when he was made a Knight of Malta.

"Interrupting her moment of concentration"- Eva and the apple. Has been selected as a Semi-finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 2014. This is my 6th time in the Doug Moran 4 times as Finalist and 2 times as semi-finalist.

I was a finalist in the Rick Amor Drawing Prize 2014 , with "Super Jesus in the plaza carpark"

At  the Art Gallery of Ballarat. The Gallery has purchased this drawing for their collection.

Great news, I was a finalist in the RICK AMOR SELF PORTRAIT PRIZE which was shown at Montsalvat 

 I painted this selected portrait from my bathroom mirror.


 'Becoming 50' Oil on Linen

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