Paul Mumme is a contemporary artist born in Brisbane. His work has been exhibited at institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art, The National Portrait Gallery, Institute of Modern Art, Australian Centre for Photography, QUT Art Museum, and the University of Sydney Art Museum. He has featured in group exhibitions throughout Australia, as well as the United States, China, and New Zealand. His work is held in private, corporate, and government collections, and has completed several government and private commissions. He spent several years in Sydney teaching and working on his PhD, but is now based once again in Brisbane.


b.1984. Brisbane.

2016: Doctor of Philosophy, Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney, Supervisor: Adam Geczy.
2007: Bachelor of Fine Art (1st Class Honours), Queensland College of Art, Supervisor: Marian Drew.

2017: Commitment, Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, Townsville, Australia.
2016: Now This is Happening, Trocadero Art Space, Melbourne, Australia.
2015: The Last Paul Mumme Show, Pine Rivers Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia.
2015: Guys and Dolls (with Markela Panegyres), Archive Space, Sydney, Australia.
2014: Slapstick, Hutton Lane, Brisbane, Commissioned by Brisbane City Council, Australia.
2013: Try not to get bored, Graduate School Gallery, Sydney College of the Arts, Australia.
2010: Born To Succeed, Alleyway109 – Metro Arts, Freerange 2010, Brisbane City Council
2010: Here We Go, From This To This, Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, Australia
2009: EVERYTHING AT ALL, Independent Exhibitions Brisbane, TCB Arcade, Australia.
2008: Makeshift, The Blkmrkt Project, Southport, Australia.
2007: Stasis Quo, Queensland Centre for Photography, Bulimba, Australia.
2006: Time Memorial, Metro Arts, Brisbane, Australia.

2018: Uncontained: Festival 2018, 2018 Commonwealth Games Festival Program, Townsville.
2018: Double Bind, Testing Grounds, Melbourne, Australia.
2017: Digital Portraiture Award, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia.
2016: Yal Kuna, Curated by Eric Bridgeman, MCA Artbar, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia.
2015: Virtually POP, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand.
2015: The Stuff Our Dreams Are Made Of, Curated by Jonathan McBurnie, Verge Gallery, Sydney.
2015: Lacuna 1, Lacuna Space, Beijing, China.
2014: Free Association, Verge Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
2013: The Art of Sound, Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, Caboolture, QLD, Australia.
2012: Six by Six, Redcliffe City Art Gallery, Redcliffe, QLD, Australia.
2011: Kick Off, Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast, Australia.
2010: Dream Home, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, Australia.
2010: Bound, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery (Touring), Toowoomba, QLD, Australia.
2010: Brave New World, Queensland Centre for Photography, South Bank, Australia.
2010: Photo LA 2010, Santa Monica Civic, Santa Monica, California, USA.
2009: Other World Square, Curated by The Minor Premiership, Art and About Sydney.
2009: New Skin: Contemporary Queensland Photomedia, QCP, South Bank, Australia.
2008: Chalk Reindeer 2008, Chalk Horse Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
2008: Memoirs, State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
2008: Greatest Hits/Previously Unreleased Tracks, University of Sydney Art Museum.
2007: To be confirmed…, ARC Biennial Exhibition, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane.
2007: Figuratively Speaking, The Block, QUT Kelvin Grove, Brisbane, Australia.
2007: Film Flam, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra, Australia.
2006: Greatest Hits/Previously Unreleased Tracks, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.
2006: Fresh Cut 2006, Institute of Modern Art, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Australia.

2016: “Digital Portraiture Award”, Finalist.
2011 – 2016: Australian Postgraduate Award, Scholarship, The University of Sydney.
2010: “Launch – Clayton Utz Travelling Art Scholarship”, Finalist.
2009: “Moreton Bay Regional Art Awards”, Best Local Artist.
2007: “The Thiess Art Prize 2007”, Finalist.
2007: “Bank of Queensland Youth Art Acquisition”, Flying Arts Regional Art Awards.
2007: “Pine Rivers Art Award”, 1st prize – Photography and Acquisitions.
2006: “The Churchie Emerging Art Award”, Recipient.

2014: Slapstick, Hutton Lane Lightboxes, Brisbane City Council, Curated By Creative Move.
2011: Play Hard, Queensland Government, Metricon Stadium, Curated by Creative Sight.
2010: Born To Succeed, Alleyway 109 Installation, Brisbane, Curated By Metro Arts.

Queensland Government
Brisbane City Council
Moreton Bay Regional Council
Bank of Queensland
Gadens Lawyers
Queensland Centre for Photography
The Daryl Hewson Collection

“Paul Mumme and Markela Panegyres: Guys and Dolls”, Eyeline 83, By Jonathan McBurnie, p 93
“Cool laneways are not just reserved for Melbourne”, ArtsHub, By Gina Fairley, 21 May, 2014
“Paul Mumme”, by Andrew Frost, Scanlines,
“Staying Mumme”, Eyeline, By Adam Geczy, Issue 73, 2011, p.23-27
“Vivian Ziherl Talks to Paul Mumme”, Independent Press, Interview, Summer 2009, p. 20
“Stranger than Fiction”, Art Lines, By Louise Martin-Chew, Issue 2, 2008 (June – August), p.48, 49.
“Interview with Maurice Ortega”, Art Monthly Australia, By Adam Geczy, Issue 208, April 2008, p. 26.

2017: Guest Lecture at James Cook University, Townsville, Australia.
2017: Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, for Commitment, Townsville, Australia.
2016: Trocadero Art Space, for Now This is Happening, Melbourne, Australia.
2015: Pine Rivers Regional Gallery, for The Last Paul Mumme Show, Brisbane, Australia.
2013: Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, for The Art of Sound, Caboolture, Australia.
2010: Australian Centre for Photography, for Dream Home, Sydney, Australia.
2010: Redcliffe City Art Gallery, for Synchronicity, Redcliffe, Australia.
2007: Metro Arts, for Young Brisbane Artists 2007, Brisbane, Australia.
2007: QUT Kelvin Grove, for Figuratively Speaking, Brisbane, Australia.
2006: Cultural Forecourt, for V3, Brisbane, Australia.
2006: Metro Arts, for Time Memorial, Brisbane, Australia.
2006: Institute of Modern Art, for Fresh Cut, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Australia.

“What? Me Worry?”, Exhibition Catalogue essay by Adam Geczy, Moreton Bay Regional Council.
“Quite Like Pop”, Exhibition Catalogue essay by Adam Geczy and Julieanna Preston, PopCAANZ
“To be confirmed…” ARC Biennial Catalogue Essay, Simone Jones, QUT, p. 68-9
“Greatest Hits – Previously Unreleased Tracks”, Catalogue, Essay by Vanessa McRae, IMA.
“Gadens Top Ten”, Exhibition Catalogue, Essay by Benjamin Milton Hampe, Positive Solutions.
“Figuratively Speaking”, Exhibition Catalogue, Essay By Simone Jones, QUT.
“Humour, Role Playing and Beyond”, Exhibition Catalogue, Essay by Gordon Craig, QCP.
“Time Memorial”, Exhibition Catalogue, Essay by Holly Arden, Metro Arts.
“Extract – Environments: Real and Imagined”, Catalogue essay by Heidi Von Kistowski, p.10.
“Fresh Cut 2006”, Exhibition Catalogue, Institute of Modern Art.

2018: Dread Sovereign: Jonathan McBurnie, Eyeline 89, Exhibition Review, p. 89
2018: The Last Vestiges of Instinct: Deb Mansfield, Eyeline 89, Exhibition Review, p.87
2017: Double Negative: Adman – Warhol Before Pop, Journal of Asia-Pacific Popular Culture, Vol. 2, No. 2, Exhibition Review, p. 244-249
2016: Man vs Wild, PopCAANZ Conference, Sydney, Australia.
2014: Michel Houellebecq and Visual Art, PopCAANZ Conference, Hobart, Tasmania.
2014: Altered Egos, Queensland Festival of Photography, Photography and Fictions, Brisbane.
2013: Disgust, Horror, and Guilt: The Appeal of Shocking Video, PopCAANZ Conference, Brisbane, Queensland.