Eolo Paul Bottaro

Eolo Paul Bottaro, a Melbourne born artist of Italian heritage who divides his time between Sicily and Australia, has always worked across multiple mediums. In his oeuvre mythology and urban life occupy the same space, as he adapts ancient tales often sourced from art history to create contemporary narratives. Each of his finely rendered oils, sculptures and works on paper have the capacity to send the viewer on an imaginative and intellectual journey to decode their meaning…


By enacting ancient stories in familiar urban surrounds, the artist alludes to the enduring relevance of myth to express human experience… Alongside his interest in myth and place, considerable attention is dedicated to that ephemeral quality that keep the eye and spirit engaged – beauty. Not in a cliché sense of a gorgeous face or body represented in paint, but a beauty that resides in both the fine details rendered, and his overarching compositions that sync with natural geometry (such as the golden mean) to create a pleasing visual harmony.


In his attention to the aesthetics of picture making, the artist’s skilled application and rigorous technique comes to the fore. Bottaro works with pure hand-ground colour pigments that he mixes with gesso, egg tempera and linseed oil, and layers in one glowing glaze of paint after another. The result is a depth and translucency to his colour application which is deeply satisfying to behold.

Excerpts from an essay by Marguerite Brown, 2021

Eolo Paul Bottaro (painter, sculptor, printmaker) has been exhibiting regularly since the late 1990s in Melbourne, Sydney, Palermo, and Syracuse. His works have been included in important curated exhibitions of contemporary art and print making, including those at the Geelong Gallery, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Mildura Arts Centre, Benalla Regional Gallery, Latrobe University, Galleria Regionale Palazzo Bellomo di Siracusa, and the National Arts Club in New York.

Bottaro was the winner of Geelong Acquisitive Print Award (1997, 2011), City of Darebin Art Award (2008), Hutching Acquisitive Art Prize (2011); National Works on Paper, Mornington Peninsula Regional Art Gallery (2012), and the Nillumbik Art Prize (2012); and his works had been included as finalists in the Archibald Prize, Fleurieu Art Prize, Conrad Jupiters Art Prize, Darebin Latrobe Art Prize, Burnie Print Prize, Rick Amor Drawing Prize, Deakin University Sculpture Award, Kilgour Prize, A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship, and numerous others.

Subject of numerous art reviews and exhibition essays, Bottaro’s works have been acquired by the State Library of Victoria, Geelong Gallery, Monash University, Geelong Gallery, City of Darebin Art Collection, Essendon Airport, Museo Civico Archeologico di Polizzi Generosa, Sicily, as well as notable corporate and private collections in Australia and abroad.

Biography

Selected Solo Exhibition


2019 / 2020

The Essendon Fields Titan Project, Hyatt Place, Essendon Fields, Melbourne


2018

The Polizzi Project, Polizzi Generosa, Italy


2017

Udapata The Gathering Place, The Australian Events Center, Hyatt Place, Melbourne


2016

Paintings from Sicily, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne cbd


2015

Il Percorso della Nativita’ Caravaggesca, Parlatoio delle Monache di Santa Lucia alla Badia, Siracusa


2014

Scomparso, Oratorio di San Lorenzo, Palermo


2013

Colour Without a Name, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne Paper Tales: Survey Prints & Works on Paper, Montsalvat Arts Centre, Victoria Humanising, Queen St Gallery, Sydney


2011

Oro, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne


2008

The one-eyed man is king in the land of the blind, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne


2006

Composing pigments from Naples, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne


2004

Il Siciliano, Intrude 2, Melbourne


2003

Smyrnios Gallery, Melbourne


Selected Recent Group Shows


2018

Only Humans, Collins Place, Melbourne


2016

Rick Amor Drawing Prize, Art Gallery of Ballarat


2015

Natività Caravaggesca, Galleria Regionale Palazzo Bellomo di Siracusa, Siracusa, Italy


2015

Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize, Lismore Regional Gallery, NSW

Rick Amor Print Prize, Montsalvat Art Centre, Vic


2014

37° 48′ S: Artists Navigate Melbourne, (touring) São Paulo, Brazil; Sofitel on 2014 Collins, Melbourne; The National Arts Club, New York


2013

Fleurieu Art Prize, Adelaide

Banyule Works On Paper Prize,

Hatch Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne

Hornsby Art Prize, Sydney

Geelong Acquisitive Print Award, Geelong Gallery Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswellbrook Regional Gallery, NSW


2012

A.M.E Bale Travelling Scholarship


2011

Korean International Art Fair, Seoul, Korea

The River, curated by Dr Jacqueline Healy, Bundoora Homestead Art Centre

Stone Love, Lancaster Press Melbourne

Prometheus Prize, QLD

A.M.E Bale Travelling Scholarship


1992 - 2010: regular inclusion in curated group exhibitions in regional, tertiary, and municipal galleries and, as a finalist, in a number of painting, printmaking, and sculpture prizes.

Awards and Prizes

2012

People Choice Award, National Works on Paper Prize, Mornington Peninsular Regional Art Gallery;

Nillumbik Prize Montsalvat, Vic


2011

Geelong Acquisitive Print Award, Geelong Gallery – Hutchins Art Prize, Tasmania


2009 - 2010

Globalisation Public Mural Project, Latrobe University


2008

City of Darebin Art Award


2006

Highly Commended 'Salon de Montsalvat', Landscape Painting and Printmaking, Montsalvat,

Peoples Choice Award, Metro Prize, Metr Gallery


1997

Geelong Acquisitive Print Award, Geelong Gallery


Selected Collections


State Library of Victoria, Melbourne

Monash University, Melbourne

Geelong Art Gallery

Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne

MGI Meyrick Webster

City of Darebin Art Collection, Melbourne

Hyatt Place – Essendon Fields, Melbourne

Essendon Airport, The Australian Events Centre

Museo Civico Archeologico di Polizzi Generosa, Sicily

Corporate and private collections in Australia and abroad.

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Towards
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A$ 1,650.00 AUD
Eolo Paul Bottaro, Towards, 2013, Bitumen-based ink on paper, 28 x 45.5 (image size); 30 x 47.5 cm (sheet size)
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Theatre of Anthropology
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Eolo Paul Bottaro, Theatre of Anthropology, 2008, Oil and egg tempera on linen, 183 x 235 cm
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Telemons
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Eolo Paul Bottaro, Telemons, 2003, Oil and egg tempera on linen, 112 x 132 cm
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La Casa Nun Sacchiana Senza Scale (A house is not built without a ladder)
Eolo Paul Bottaro
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Eolo Paul Bottaro, La Casa Nun Sacchiana Senza Scale (A house is not built without a ladder), 2014, Oil and egg tempera on linen, 160 x 250 cm
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Joyride - City Jam
Eolo Paul Bottaro
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Eolo Paul Bottaro, Joyride - City Jam, 2012, Shellac-based ink on paper, 26 x 34.5 cm
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High way to hell
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Eolo Paul Bottaro, High way to hell, 2016, Shellac-based ink on paper, 47 x 66 cm
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End of the Rainbow
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Eolo Paul Bottaro, End of the Rainbow, 2013, Bitumen-based ink on paper, 30 x 47.5 cm
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Angel's Prayer
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Eolo Paul Bottaro, Angel's Prayer, 2004, Oil and egg tempera on linen, 106.5 x 91 cm
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