Steaphan Paton is a Melbourne-based artist, member of the Gunai and Monero Nations, he grew up in rural Victoria. His work explores colonialism, tradition, concepts of race and conflict. Influenced by his home country, ‘Gippsland’ and his experiences Paton uses painting, sculpture, installation and video to articulate his worldview.
Paton’s work has been exhibited at major Australian art institutions including; Sovereignty at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (2016), Murruwaygu at the Art Gallery of NSW (2015), Moving Backwards into the Future at National Gallery of Victoria Australia (2015), Melbourne NOW at NGV International (2013). Paton is an alumnus of Primavera at the Museum of Contemporary Art (2015), NextWave Festival (2014) and received a City of Melbourne Laneways Commission in (2011). Paton was also an artist on the Forever NOW project which projected works via signals into Deep Space through Cape Canaveral in Florida US.
Most recently his solo exhibitions include; Muraskin at Tristian Koenig Gallery (2017), Contrecoup at COMA Gallery (2017), Doublethink at RMIT Gallery (2016) and Come in at Alaska Projects (2016).
Paton’s work is represented in the collection at the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and Museums Victoria, City of Darebin, Yarra City Council, Wellington Shire Council and the Brooklyn Library in New York. Paton’s work is also held in private collections in both Australia and internationally.
Photo: James Henry Photography