Australian Art

DEBORAH PAAUWE





Born: 1972 Pennsylvania, United States
  • Contemporary
  • Photographer
  • Known
  • Established


Deborah Paauwe's close-up photographs of young girls subtly combine delicacy and toughness.

First impressions of sweetness and innocence are soon dispelled by the awkwardness of the girls' poses and their sometimes suggestive gestures.

The almost imperceptible cuts, bruises and scratches on their bodies hint at violation. Erotic tension is further tightened by the close cropping of the images, as if to concentrate our atten-tion on incidentals at the expense of the whole.

Deborah Paauwe arrived in Adelaide from the United States in 1985, and has since established an impressive reputation as an artist, with solo exhibitions in most capital cities and in Spain.


DEBORAH PAAUWE: Curriculum Vitae

Biography

1972 Born, Pennsylvania, United States
1985 Arrived, Adelaide, Australia
1989 Drawing studies, North Adelaide School of Art
1994 Bachelor of Arts Degree (Visual Arts), South Australian School of Art, University of South Australia
1995 Language studies in Chinese (Mandarin), University of Adelaide
1996 Post-Graduate Diploma in Management (Arts), University of South Australia
1998 Photographic studies, International Centre of Photography, New York, USA
2000 MA Fine Art Degree (Combined Media), Chelsea School of Art, The London Institute, UK
2001 Part-time lecturer in Photography, South Australian School of Art, University of South Australia
Currently: Lives and works in South Australia


Solo Exhibitions

1994 Nu-ren, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
1996 Pillow Talk, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
1998 Blue Room, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
2000 Sugar Nights, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
2001 Tuesday’s Child, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne
Sugar Nights, John Curtin Gallery, Perth
Violet Window, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
Art Lifts: Lifting Art, lift installations, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
2002 Deborah Paauwe: photographic works, Fundacion Pi y Margall, Madrid, Spain
Double Dutch, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
Deborah Paauwe: photographic works, Gallery Luis Adelantado, Valencia, Spain
Tuesday’s Child, Gallery 4A, Asia-Australia Arts Centre, Sydney
Rainbow Days, Mori Gallery, Sydney
Gossamer Curtain, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne
2003 Deborah Paauwe: photographic works, Bartley Nees Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
Beautiful Games, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
2004 Chinese Whispers, Dark Fables, and Small Hours, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
Chinese Whispers, Dark Fables, and Small Hours, Sutton Gallery

Selected Group Exhibitions since 1995

1995 Recent Acquisitions, Moët & Chandon Art Acquisitions Fund Exhibition, Art Gallery of Western Australia
1996 Hearsay: new photo artists, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
1997 The Measured Room, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia
AGFA National Photographic Award Exhibition, Albury Regional Art Centre, New South Wales
The Hutchins School Art Prize Exhibition, The Long Gallery, Tasmania
EVA ‘97, Emerging Visual Arts Exhibition, Pulteney Grammar School, Adelaide
1998 ACAF 6, Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
Defiling the Object, Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre, Adelaide
From the Book, Zone Gallery, Adelaide
Emerging Artists Exhibition, Adelaide University
EVA ’98, Emerging Visual Arts Exhibition, Pulteney Grammar School, Adelaide
The 1998 Alice Prize, The Araluen Centre for Arts & Entertainment, Alice Springs
1999 Moët & Chandon Touring Exhibition, AGSA, AGNSW, NGA, RMIT Gallery, Australia
ARCO ’99, International Art Fair, Madrid, Spain (Greenaway Art Gallery Stand)
Chronologic, Planet Art, Cape Town, South Africa
The Measured Room, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
Path, Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre, Adelaide
SALA Week ‘99 Exhibition, Art Gallery of South Australia
SAVAEA, Chat “Live On-Line” to a South Australian Artist (SALA Week Event)
We are Australian, Melbourne International Festival of the Arts Exhibition, George Adams Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre
…and all things nice; These Anxious Moments… These Anxious Times, Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre, Adelaide
Picture This, SATEP Touring Exhibition, touring throughout Australia
6th Art Exhibition, St Peter’s College, Adelaide
The Child Within, Adelaide Central Gallery
Brainstorm, Curating Space, Goldsmiths College, New Cross, London, UK
2000 MA Fine Art Exhibition, Chelsea College of Art & Design, The London Institute, London, UK
Dust Up Two Down, collaborative exhibition, The House Gallery, Chelsea, London, UK
Telling Tales: The Child in Contemporary Photography, Monash University, VIC and touring Australia
Young New Artists, Gallery Luis Adelantado, Valencia, Spain
Chemistry, Art in South Australia 1990-2000, Art Gallery of South Australia
Melbourne Art Fair 2000, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
Defiling the Object, Gabriel Gallery, VIC; The Substation Gallery, Singapore
2001 The Syntax of Style, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
Telling Tales: The Child in Contemporary Photography, touring Australia
Shoot!, Australian Photography from the Corrigan Collection, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland
City of Hobart Art Prize 2000 Exhibition, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Tasmania
Date of Arrival, Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre, Adelaide
SALA Week ‘01 Exhibition, Art Gallery of South Australia
Fotonoviembre 2001, photographic biennial, Centro de Fotografía, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
2002 Photographica Australis, Sala de Exposiciones del Canal de Isabel II, Madrid, Spain
2002 Goldcoast Ulrick Schubert Photographic Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland
Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
32nd Alice Prize, The Araluen Centre for Arts & Entertainment, Alice Springs
Conrad Jupiters Art Prize, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland
Hermes Photography Project, 476 Pitt Street, Sydney
2003 Naarden Foto Festival, Netherlands
2003 Gold Coast Ulrick Schubert Photographic Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland
City of Hobart Art Prize 2003, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Tasmania
Hermanns Art Award, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne and touring Australia
Second Sight, Brisbane City Gallery, Brisbane City Hall, Brisbane
ACT XII: new works on paper, Victorian Arts Centre, George Adams Gallery, Melbourne
Recent works from 2002, Riddoch Art Gallery, Mt Gambier, South Australia; Watch This Space, Alice Springs, NT
Disclosures, a season of artists’ projects sponsored by the Samstag Program, Elder Park Rotunda, Adelaide
Photographica Australis, touring to major galleries and museums throughout Asia
Fotonoviembre 2003, photographic biennial, Centro de Fotografía, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
2004 Surface Tension, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
2004 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia


Awards, Residencies & Commissions

1994 Women’s Suffrage Centenary of South Australia 1894-1994 Project Grant
1996,97,98 South Australian Youth Arts Board Project and Development Grants
1998 First Prize, Works on Paper category, EVA ‘98, Emerging Visual Arts Awards
Arts SA Emerging Artists Professional Development Grant
1999 Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship
Artist-in-Residence, Wilderness School, South Australia
2000 Australia Council New Work Grant
Arts SA Leadership Professional Development Grant
2001 Finalist, Artlink @ Sotheby’s International Young Art Program 2001
Arts SA International Invitation at Short Notice Grant
2002 Arts SA Leadership Professional Development Grant
Lightbox commission, Botanic Bar, Adelaide
Commissioned for Hermes Photography Project, Hermes Australia
Helpmann Academy Mentorship Scheme: Mentor to recent graduate from South Australian School of Art, University of South Australia
Living Art Award, in conjunction with the 2002 Conrad Jupiters Art Prize
The Gerda Pinter Award, in Loving Memory of JP, in conjunction with the 2002 Conrad Jupiters Art Prize
32nd Alice Prize Award, Alice Springs, including 4 week residency in Alice Springs
2003 Arts SA Leadership Professional Development Grant (International)
Artist-in-Residence, Araluen Centre for the Arts, NT
Artist-in-Residence, Pat Corrigan, Gold Coast
2004 Recipient of the South Australian Living Artist Festival publication prize
Australia Council New York Studio


Collections

Adelaide University, South Australia
Albury Regional Art Centre, New South Wales
Araluen Centre for the Arts, Northern Territory
Art Gallery of South Australia
Art Gallery of Western Australia
Artbank, New South Wales
Australia Council for the Arts, New South Wales
BHP Billiton Collection, Melbourne
Cabildo Insular de Tenerife, Spain
Corrigan Collection, New South Wales
Curtin University, Perth
Fundacion Pi y Margall, Madrid, Spain
Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland
Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne
National Gallery of Australia
National Gallery of Victoria
Riddoch Art Gallery, South Australia
St Peter’s College, South Australia
St Peter’s Collegiate Girls School, South Australia
Victorian Arts Centre, Victoria
Wilderness School, South Australia


Selected Bibliography

Adlington, Brett, "Shoot!", Shoot!: Australian Photography from the Corrigan Collection, catalogue essay, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, 2001
AMDPress, “El vídeo y la fotografía, protagonistas de las nuevas muestras de la Luis Adelantado”, Art News Digital, Spain, June 2002, no.520
Archdall, Susan, “Around the Galleries”, The Advertiser, 27 November 2000, p.84
Archdall, Susan, “Young Artists Sparkle”, The Advertiser, 29 January 1999, p.56
Archdall, Susan, “Expanding their ART”, The Advertiser, 21 November 1998, p.12
Bagnall, Diana, “Hidden obsession”, The Bulletin, 3 September 2002, p.80-81
Barragán, Paco, “The Art to Come”, Subastas Siglo XXI, Madrid, Spain, February 2002, p.222-223
Bilske, Maria, "Sugar Nights", Sugar Nights review, Photofile, no.62, April 2001, p.55
Boyd, Chris, “Focus sharpens on lens flair”, The Weekend Australian Financial Review, 27-28 September 2003, p.36
Broker, David, “Second Sight”, review of Second Sight exhibition, Photofile, no.69, August 2003, p.75-77
Brown, Scott, “Give Me Something to Believe In!”, Moët & Chandon Touring Exhibition, catalogue essay, 1999
Chapman, Chris, “Deborah Paauwe+Clinton Garofano+Juliet Fowler-Smith”, review of Tuesday’s Child exhibition at Gallery 4A, Broadsheet, December 2002, January & February 2003, vol.31, no.4, p.25
Colahan, Brenda, “Alasdair Foster interviewed by Brenda Colahan”, The Australian Art Market Report, issue?, 2003, p.30-31
Colless, Edward, “Deborah Paauwe”, Australian Art Collector, Issue 27 (50 most collectable artists issue), January-March 2004, p.95
Cooke, Richard, “Deborah Paauwe: sugar and spite”, Panorama, Ansett magazine, August 2001, p.45-50
Crimmings, Emma & French, Blair, “Look-Hear-Say”, Hearsay: new photo artists, catalogue essay, Australian Centre for Photography, 1996-1997
Cusworth, Fran, “Sole concerns”, review of Hermann’s Art Award, Herald Sun, 21 April 2003
Diorama 216, “Photographica Australis”, review of exhibition at Canal de Isabel II, March 2002
Dutkiewicz, Adam, “Youthful Approach to Season”, The Advertiser, 7 December 1999, p.33
Dutkiewicz, Adam, “Implications for the Future”, The Advertiser, 22 July 1998, p.102
Dutkiewicz, Adam, “Paintings go by the Book”, The Advertiser, 20 February 1998, p.54
Finnane, Kieran, “Seduction veils complex questions”, Alice Springs News, vol.10, issue 12, 23 April 2003, p.8
Finnane, Kieran, “32nd Alice Springs Prize: art judge and public are still on a different wavelength”, Alice Springs News, vol.9, issue 41, 13 November 2002
Finnane, Kieran, “Alize Prize: tough decisions”, Alice Springs News, vol.9, issue 40, 6 November 2002, p.6&11
Fish, Peter, “Still life”, The Age, 1 October 2003, p.12 Money
Flórez, Fernando Castro, “Belleza melancólica”, ABC Cultural Madrid, review of solo exhibition at Fundación Pi y Margall, 9 February 2002, #524, p.28-29
Foster, Alasdair, “Dark Fables”, 2004 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, catalogue essay, Art Gallery of South Australia, February-May 2004
Foster, Alasdair, Interview: “Deborah Paauwe in conversation with Alasdair Foster”, Photofile, no.70, Summer 2004, p.16-19
Foster, Alasdair, “Biodiversity”, Photographica Australis, catalogue essay (1 of 3), Sala de Exposiciones del Canal de Isabel II, February-April 2002
French, Blair, “What makes today’s photo-art so attractive, so appealing…,” Broadsheet, 12/2003 – 2/2004, vol.32, no.4, p.12-13
French, Blair & Crimmings, Emma, “Look-Hear-Say”, Hearsay: new photo artists, catalogue essay, Australian Centre for Photography, 1996-1997
Fuller, Helen, “The Measured Room”, Artlink, vol.18, no.1, p.69-70
Genocchio, Benjamin, “In Camera with Deborah Paauwe”, The Weekend Australian, 2-3 February, 2002, p.6
Greenstein, M.A., “Arte o baño de sol”, Lapiz, Spain, 179/180, p.177
Greenstein, M.A., “Back to the Future-From Wry to Rave”, Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship, catalogue essay, 1999
Hall, K.P., "Teenage Riot", Artlink, vol.21, no.2, 2001, p.42-47
Handran, Chris, “Second Sight”, Second Sight, catalogue essay, Brisbane City Gallery, Brisbane City Hall, Brisbane, March-May 2003
Harding, Lesley, “Twelve acts in time: staging art on paper”, ACT XII: new works on paper, catalogue essay, Victorian Arts Centre, George Adams Gallery, Melbourne and touring, 2003, p.1-7
Hawker, Philippa, “Baby, look at you now”, review of Telling Tales: the child in contemporary photography exhibition, The Age, 20 November 2000, p.6
Hill, Peter, “Focus on the big picture”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 24-25 May, 2003, p.12 Spectrum
Hjorth, Larissa, “To Present, Re-Present, Not Present (To A(d)dress, Re-Address, Un-Dress)”, nu-ren (woman), catalogue essay, Greenaway Art Gallery, 1994
Hunter, Chelsea, "Nectar Of Youth", Sugar Nights review, Xpress Magazine (Perth), May 2001, p.19
Hynes, Victoria, “Dress code”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 10-16 August 2001, p.26 Metro
James, Bruce, “Message in a Bottle”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 15 May 1999, p.12s
Jiménez, Javier Martín, “Deborah Paauwe”, review of solo exhibition at Fundación Pi y Margall, Lapiz, Spain, 179/180, p.177
Jones, Alison, “Photography review of Deborah Paauwe and Anne Noble at Bartley Nees”, Captial Times (New Zealand), February 2003
Kenneally, Cath, “Travelling Hopefully — The Samstag Phenomenon”, Art Monthly, May 1999, no.119, p.14-15
Kelly, Sean, "Photo Gaga", City of Hobart Art Prize review, Broadsheet, June, July & August 2001, vol.30, no.2, p.17
Kiely, Annemarie, “Generation Next”, Belle, April/May 2002, p.34&36
Kimber, Mark, “Picture This”, Picture This, catalogue essay, South Australian Touring Exhibitions Program, 1999-2000
Leahy, Joanna, “Deborah Paauwe”, ACT XII: new works on paper, catalogue (artist profile), Victorian Arts Centre, George Adams Gallery, Melbourne and touring, 2003, p.26-27
Lloyd, Tim, “Artful Ways to Foster Talent”, The Advertiser, 6 November 1999, p.72-73
Marsh, Anne, "Through a veil brightly: recent works by Deborah Paauwe", Double Dutch, catalogue essay, Greenaway Art Gallery, April 2002
Marsh, Anne, “Light Writing Desire and Other Fantasies”, Telling Tales: The Child in Contemporary Photography, catalogue essay, Monash University Gallery Touring Exhibition, 2000 & Eyeline, no.46, Spring 2001, p.32-37
McCulloch, Susan, “Out of the darkroom”, The Weekend Australian, 17-18 May, 2003, R19
McDonald, Patrick, “Cover-girl who paints with a camera”, The Advertiser, 25 December 2002, p.7
McFarlane, Robert, "Images that stay in the memory", The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 August 2001, p.16
McFarlane, Robert, "The Child in Photography", Artlink, vol.21, no.2, 2001, p.14-19
McLean, Sandra, “Cool in camera”, The Courier Mail, 29 March 2003, p.1-2
McNaught, Josie, “Artist courts controversy with erotic girl photos”, Sunday Star Times (New Zealand), 2 February 2003, p.5
Moore, Margaret, “Telling Tales: the child in contemporary photography”, review of exhibition, Photofile, May 2002, p.57
Morrow, Christine, "Tuesday's Child", Tuesday's Child review, eyeline, No.45, Autumn/Winter 2001, p.41-42
Moss, James, “Remembrance of Things Post”, The Measured Room, catalogue essay, Centre for Contemporary Photography, 1999
Moss, James, “Remembrance of Things Post”, The Measured Room, catalogue essay, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, 1997
Nelson, Robert, “Working with metaphor”, review of Hermanns Art Award exhibition, The Age, 9 April 2003, A3 p.12
Nelson, Robert, “Blurring the borders of art and taste”, review of Gossamer Curtain exhibition at Sutton Gallery, The Age, 5 October 2002, Arts p.29
Newall, Michael, "Girl in a Room", LIKE Art Magazine, no.14, Autumn 2001, p.20-23
Newton, Gael, “Generations: Australian Photography since the 1970’s”, Photographica Australis, catalogue essay (1 of 3), Sala de Exposiciones del Canal de Isabel II, February-April 2002
Neylon, John, “Clever Tease”, The Adelaide Review, January 2001, p.29
Neylon, John, “Studio World”, The Adelaide Review, August 1998, p.30
O’Donnell, Marcus, “Artifice and Identity”, Sydney Star Observer, 9 August, 2001, p.1,9 Review
O’Halloran, David, “Four Seen is Forewarned”, The Advertiser, 6 July 1994, p.20
Pallotta-Chiarolli, Maria, “Mestiza Visions: Reflecting/Resisting/Synthesising/Transcending”, femme, catalogue essay, North Adelaide School of Art Gallery, 1994
Palmer, Daniel, “Deborah Paauwe”, Australian Art Collector, Issue 23 (50 most collectable artists, Deborah Paauwe on front cover), January-March 2003, p.67
Palmer, Daniel, “Habitats Fictions and Gestures: Australian Photography Now”, Photographica Australis, catalogue essay (1 of 3), Sala de Exposiciones del Canal de Isabel II, February-April 2002
Pow, Leigh-Ann, "Sweet Dreams", Vogue, August 2001, p.60
Radok, Stephanie, “A ream of ideas”, review of Act XII: new works on paper exhibition, The Adelaide Review, October 2003, p.20
Radok, Stephanie, “Sweet Joy Befall Thee”, The Adelaide Review, January 2000, p.27
Radok, Stephanie, “Life Consists of These Little Touches of Solitude”, The Adelaide Review, October 1999
Radok, Stephanie, “Foto-Journeys”, The Adelaide Review, June 1999, p.36
Radok, Stephanie, “Trick or Treat”, The Adelaide Review, November 1996, p.31
Reid, Chris, “Two Way Mirror”, artist profile, Broadsheet, December 2000, January & February 2001, vol.29, no.4, p.10-11
Rhodes, Kate, “The Golden Slumbers of Deborah Paauwe”, eyeline, No.48, Autumn/Winter 2002, p.31-33
Rhodes, Kate, "Thoughts on Deborah Paauwe's new work", Tuesday's Child review, FLASH, Centre for Contemporary Photography newsletter, May/June 2001, p.5-6
Safe, Georgina, “Selling hot – and bothered”, The Australian, 9 October 2003, p.13 Arts
Senescall, Rebecca, “A bolt of reality or… is this show telling tales?”, review of Telling Tales: the child in contemporary photography exhibition, The Macarthur Advertiser, 28 March 2001
Sequeira, David, “Moët & Chandon Touring Exhibition 1999”, artonview (National Gallery of Australia magazine), Winter 1999, no.18, p.45-46
Speck, Catherine, “Sugar Nights”, Art Monthly, reviews of Australian exhibitions on-line, December 2000
Speck, Catherine, “Chemistry: Art in South Australia 1990-2000”, Art Monthly, reviews of Australian exhibitions on-line, 17 October 2000
Speck, Catherine, “Peeping Below the Surface”, The Child Within, catalogue essay, Adelaide Central Gallery, 1999
Speirs, Louise, “Flaw Show”, Harper’s Bazaar, September 2002, p.154
Strahan, Lucinda, “Act XII: New Works on Paper”, exhibition review, The Age, 29 May 2003, p.8 A3
Tsoutas, Nicholas, Sugar Nights, catalogue essay, Greenaway Art Gallery, 2000
Thomas, Sarah, “A Pinhole View of the Digital Era”, The Advertiser, 30 September 1997, p.36
Walker, Linda Marie, “Relations Between Words”, Art Monthly, December 1997-February 1998, no.106, p.27
Walker, Wendy, “Beautiful Games”, text for exhibition at Centre for Contemporary Photography, October-November 2003
Walker, Wendy, Rainbow Days, catalogue essay, Mori Gallery, August-September 2002
Walker, Wendy, “Sex, lace and glamour”, The Advertiser, 29 May 2002, p.68
Walker, Wendy, "Cha", poem for mini-catalogue, September 2001
Walker, Wendy, “Images of Innocence Endangered”, The Advertiser, 25 June 2001, p.84
Walker, Wendy, Tuesday's Child, catalogue essay and poem, Sutton Gallery, 2001
Walker, Wendy, “Picture of Success”, The Advertiser, 13 December 2000, p.120
Walker, Wendy, “Symbolic Elements in Arts Equation”, The Advertiser, 31 October 2000, p.50
Walker, Wendy, “Captured By Life in Landmarks”, The Advertiser, 7 October 1999, p.82
Ward, Karen, “Through the Lens”, review of Telling Tales: the child in contemporary photography exhibition, Weekender, 25 November 2000, p.10
Ward, Peter, “Doubly potent subversion”, review of Double Dutch exhibition at Greenaway Art Gallery, The Australian, 14 June 2002, p.19
Weston, Neville, “Focus on childhood”, review of Telling Tales: the child in contemporary photography exhibition, The Western Australian, 13 October 2001
Woodburn, Jena, “Deborah Paauwe: double dutch”, review of Double Dutch exhibition at Greenaway Art Gallery, eyeline, no.49, Spring 2002, p.46-47
Zeplin, Pamela, “Private Moments”, ARCO, catalogue essay, Contemporary Art Fair, Madrid, 1999
TV interview: "Nightline" (Channel 3), New Zealand, February 2003
Radio interview: with Lyn Freeman, Arts program, National Radio, New Zealand

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