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Paul McDonald Smith OAM


Artist, Painter, Tutor.


Paul started painting in his early teens influenced by the work of Australian artist Sir William Dargie.


Well known for his paintings of flowers and still life, Paul’s work includes landscape, portrait and figure painting and is represented in Public, Institutional and Private collections throughout Australia. He has judged innumerable art prizes around Australia and was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2005 for services to the Visual Arts as a painter and lecturer.


Past president of the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society he is a Fellow, past president and Honorary Life Member of the Victorian Artists Society. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts London, Chairman of the A.M.E. Bale Scholarship 2003-2014, he is past president of the Glen Eira Cheltenham Art Group, Life Member of the Box Hill Art Group and Honorary member of the Hobsons Bay Art Society. 


Author of Mavericks and Masters - the 100 year history of the TMPS, his bibliography includes: Who’s Who in Australia, State Library of Victoria - Oral History Interview Archive DVD recording, VAS Journal, many editorial, biographical, curatorial and instructional publications.

Membership, Affiliations & Appointments


Twenty Melbourne Painters Socety - invited 1997

President 2003 - 2013

Established  in 1918, the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society enjoys the distinction of being one of Australia’s oldest arts organizations and occupies a unique position in Australian art, both past and present.  Many distinguished artists have been members of the group and contributed to its colourful history.


Victorian Artists Society - elected 1975

President 1998 -2003,

Exhibiting member 1976, Tutor 1990, Signatoy 1991, Councillor 1992 -1998, Editor 1997-2003, Fellow 1998.


Royal Society of Arts, London - elected 1999


Nominated by Sir William Dargie, CBE, FRSA.


Order of Australia Association - invited 2005

Founder, Moonee Valley Painting Group 1998.


Founder, Balwyn Oil Painting Group 1978

Chairman, Herald Sun Camberwell Rotary Art Competition, Judging Panel 2002, 
(Mbr. 2001 &1990)

President, Glen Eira Cheltenham Art Group Inc., 2002-2004. Honorary Member, Tutor 1977-:

Chairman, V.A.S. Distinguished Awards Committee 2004 –: (Member since 1998)

Chairman, TASART Judging Panel,  Burnie Tasmania, 2010

Member, Bottlebrush Club, 1993 -2010.

Member, Royal Art Society of New South Wales

Honorary Member, Hobson’s Bay Arts Society Inc. 1984-:


Honorary Member, Box Hill Art Group Inc. 2005, Tutor 1987-:


Various Past Membeships inlcuding:

Malvern Artists' Society, Doncaster Templestowe Artists' Society, Australian Guild of Realist Artists.


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