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Paul McDonald Smith OAM


Artist, Painter, Tutor.


Paul started painting in his early teens influenced by the work of renowned Australian artist Sir William Dargie CBE. Since then he has made a 47 year full-time a career of painting in the tradition of tonal impressionism working mostly in oil.


His studies include Fine Art RMIT, private study 1973-’79 and the Camberwell Travel Scholarship for European study in 1986. He tutored painting classes and workshops from 1977 in Melbourne and interstate.


Well known for his paintings of flowers and still life, Paul’s work includes landscape, portrait and figure painting. He has judged many art competitions throughout five states of Australia since 1982 including Chairman of the Judging panels of TASART, 2010 and 2016, Esk Art Awards Launceston 2019, Victor Harbor 2008, Camberwell Rotary 2001 and 2002 and many others. He was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2005 for services to the Visual Arts as a painter and lecturer.


Paul has received over 100 major awards for painting including the Artist of the Year at the Victorian Artists Society 2001, the Norman Kaye Medal 1998 and 1999 along with countless commendations awards since 1974.


His work is held in Public Regional collections including, Mildura Regional Art Gallery, Wangaratta Art Gallery, Bright Art Gallery, Maroondah City Council Art Collection, Moreland City Art Collection, Balranald Shire Gallery NSW, Shire of Murrindindi Collection, Central Goldfields Art Gallery - Maryborough amongst others, along with Institutional, Corporate and Private collections throughout Australia and overseas.


Immediate Past President of the historic Twenty Melbourne Painters Society, he is a Fellow, Past President and Honorary Life Member of the Victorian Artists Society where he taught oil painting for 33 years.


Paul is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts London and former Chairman of the A.M.E. Bale Scholarship Judging and Advisory Panel 2003-2014. Past President of the Glen Eira Cheltenham Art Group, Life Member of the Box Hill Art Group, Honorary Member of the Hobsons Bay Art Society and appointed Victorian Representative of the Royal Art Society of NSW, Sydney.


Author of Mavericks and Masters - the 100 year history of the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society, his bibliography includes: Who’s Who in Australia;  State Library of Victoria - Oral History Interview; Victorian Artists Society 1870 - 2020; 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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