PAUL MCKNIGHT has been an art teacher for many years before taking up painting in 2006.

He has been specialising in realism and most of his paintings are oil on canvas and are generally under half a square metre in size.

'I began painting about 10 years ago after a long career as an art educator. I found that spending all of my time with students I had no energy or time left over for my own creative endeavors.

I originally studied Fine Arts, Australian Literature, Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Sydney.

My early paintings were my training as I am self taught and needed to find my own style.

I began painting teacups after being given a number of tea cup settings from my grandmother. Her morning and afternoon teas were quite a memorable feature of my visits with her.

These paintings utilised a variety of different settings with mixtures of tea cups, tea bags, biscuits and cake slices and tablecloths.

I have always loved the use of colour and to this extent I found it challenging to try and replicate the patterns and patinas of bone china, lace, and silver as well as the texture of biscuit and cake with as much realism as I could manage.

Once I felt that I had achieved a degree of realism that satisfied me, I was then able to begin to experiment with adding more colours, tints and hues into the paintings adding vibrancy and vitality to the porcelain, fabrics and shadows.

More recently I have begun to incorporate elements of 'Australiana' into my paintings in order to move away a little from the "English Tea" appearance of my earlier work.

I enjoy the challenges of these paintings, and the complexity and detail involved in each one of these paintings can take me up to 10 weeks to produce.' My output therefore results in a maximum of 5 works per year.



Commended - Open Traditional. Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Arts.

Winner Tumut Art Prize,Tumut NSW.


Young National Cherry Festival. Second prize oils and Highly Commended Oils.

Harden Murrumburrah Art Show Highly Commended Oil Section, Harden NSW,

Winner 'People's Choice Award' Calleen Art Awards 2017 Cowra Regional Gallery, NSW

Statuette Winner 'Most Outstanding Work in the Exhibition',Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Exhibition 2017, Grenfell, NSW.

Winner Local Artist, Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Exhibition 2017, Grenfell, NSW.

Highly Commended, Open Traditional, Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Exhibition 2017, Grenfell, NSW.

Winner 'Most Outstanding Artwork of the Exhibition', 33rd Annual Cherry Festival, 2016, Young, NSW.

Winner Local Artist, Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Exhibition 2016, Grenfell, NSW.

Highly Commended, Open Traditional, Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Exhibition 2016, Grenfell, NSW.

Private collections in New York, ACT, NSW and Queensland.


1979 - 1995 Art Educator, Secondary School.
1978 Graduate Diploma of Education, Sydney Teachers College.
1975 - 1977 BA (Fine Arts) University of Sydney.


Top 30 Finalist Bluethumb Art Prize 2018.

Members Exhibition, Burrangong Gallery. August. Young NSW.

Blokes Exhibition, Burrangong Gallery, June. Young NSW.

Henry Lawson Festival of Arts, Grenfell Art Gallery, June. Grenfell NSW.

Finalist Calleen Art Award , May. Cowra Regional Gallery. Cowra NSW

Finalist Calleen Art Award, Cowra Regional Gallery, April. Cowra NSW

Tumut Art Prize, 5 Ways Gallery, March. Tumut NSW.

Lambing Flat Exhibition, March. Young NSW

GAP Exhibition, March. Young NSW

Group Exhibition, January. Grenfell Art Gallery NSW

Collector's Choice, November, ARTSITE Gallery, Sydney, NSW.

Young Cherry Festival Art Exhibition, November, Young, NSW.

Hornsby Art Prize, Finalist, November, Hornsby, NSW.

Harden Murrumburrah Art Show, October, Harden, NSW.

Lachlan Valley Biennial Art Award, October, Cowra Regional Art Gallery. NSW.

Bathurst Arts Fair, September, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW.

'Members Exhibition' July, Burrangong Gallery, Young, NSW.

Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Exhibition, July, Grenfell, NSW.

'Members Exhibition' June, Burrangong Gallery, Young, NSW.

Winter Weekends in June, ARTSITE Gallery, Sydney, NSW.

Calleen Art Award. Finalist. May, Cowra City Art Gallery, Cowra, NSW.

Lambing Flats Exhibition, March, Young, NSW.

'Sereni-Tea' Solo Exhibition, February, Burrangong Gallery, Young, NSW.

'Members Exhibition' January, Burrangong Gallery, Young, NSW.

Cherry Festival Art Exhibition, Young, NSW.

'Collector's Choice', ARTSITE Gallery, Sydney, NSW.

'The Still Life Exhibition', ARTSITE Gallery, Sydney, NSW.

'Australian Icons', Grenfell Art Gallery, Grenfell, NSW.

'Blokes" Exhibition, Burrangong Gallery, Young, NSW.

Lambing Flats Art Exhibition, Young, NSW.

Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Exhibition, Grenfell, NSW.

Pauline Coxon Art Gallery, Berridale, NSW.

'Small Paintings' Burrangong Gallery, Young NSW.

Raffia & Co. Grenfell, NSW.

Burrangong Gallery, Young NSW.

'Tea for Three'. Grenfell Art Gallery, NSW.


Australian Artist Magazine 'Tumut Art Society Breaks Record' September 2018

Discover Magazine 'Make Tea Not War' July/August 2018

Tumut and Adelong Times. March 28, 2018

Cowra Guardian 'People's Choice Announced', 7th July 2017

Grenfell Record 'Grenfell Resident Awarded Statuette', 16th June 2017

The Cowra Guardian 'Calleen Art Awards', 8th May 2017

The Young Witness 'Funding for Local Art', 17th February 2017

The Young Witness 'High Tea and Art Expo', 3rd February 2017

Harden Murrumburrah Express 'High Tea and Artwork', 2nd February 2017

The Young Witness 'Cherry Festival Competition', 22nd November 2016

Art News Portal, 'The Still Life Exhibition', 28th October 2016

Limelight, 'The Still Life Exhibition', October 2016

Grenfell Record, '2016 HLF Award Winners', June 17th 2016

Grenfell Record. 'Current Exhibition Opening,' 27th January 2016

Grenfell Record.'Aussie Icons', 13th January 2016

Grenfell Record. 'Three for Tea' 16th January 2015

Grenfell Record, 'Meet the Artists' 21st January 2015


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