Paul Snell was born in Australia in 1968 and studied art at the Tasmanian School of Art from 1986 – 1989. After a year of travel Snell completed his honours year in 1995 where he was admitted to the Deans Roll of Excellence. He has been working as an artist and art educator for the past 20 years.
He has exhibited widely in numerous solo and group exhibitions including Codes and Conventions (2012) Colville Gallery, Chromophobia (2013) Rex Livingston Gallery, and Formal (2016) Gallery 9. He has curated several group shows including “Missing Presumed Dead” (2011-2013). A nationally touring exhibition dealing with non-representational photography.
His work is held in private and public collections nationally including Art Bank. Snell has been a finalist in many National Prizes including The Blake Prize (2011), The Geelong Print Prize (2011), The Sunshine Coast Art Prize (2013) and The Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award (2016). In 2012 he won the nationally recognised Tidal Art Prize and The Flanagan Art Prize and in 2015 he won the Whyalla Art Award.
In 2010 Snell travelled to London and New York undertaking research and development for his practice and in 2011 he was awarded his MCA from the University of Tasmania.
In 2013 he returned to New York to gather images for his 5th Solo exhibition, Decoding New York, held at Edmund Pearce Gallery.
In July 2013 his work was on show at Art Hamptons, an international art fair just outside of New York.
He is represented by Colville Gallery in Hobart, Gallery 9 in Sydney and Anita Traverso Gallery in Melbourne.