Paul Constable Calcott is of the Wiradjuri people on his father’s side from the Bathurst and Wellington and Dubbo areas of NSW, his mother is Irish from Guyra NSW. Like many of his people since colonisation, his father’s family moved to suburban Sydney seeking accommodation and work in the early 1950s.
Paul contracted polio at around 18 months of age and his earliest memories are of living in a corrugated iron shack on the banks of the Lane Cove River.
Paul has worked in the area of disabilities and community services for almost 30 years, and art plays a huge part in how he engages and supports others living with disability to build resilience and connect to their community and culture.
Paul’s work is reflective of his life growing up as an Aboriginal man in urban Sydney, and now on the Queensland Sunshine Coast. Paul tells his stories and expresses his connection to culture via the use of traditional symbols and styles from his father’s country, resulting in detailed and textured works that can measure up to two meters by two meters in size. He has works in both private and corporate and government collections throughout Australia, London, Germany, America, Canada and New Zealand.