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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 first solo exhibition was; Where the trees are big and green, Latrobe Contemporary Gallery (2011). Since then Paton’s work has been included in numerous group, festival and prize exhibitions. Paton participated in the Nextwave Festival with his project My Bullock Modified (2014) and group exhibitions From where I stand, Melbourne Museum (2014); Horizons, Bundoora Homestead (2014); Melbourne NOW, National Gallery of Victoria (2013); Sketchbook project, Brooklyn Art Library (2012) and Ngujarn and Nakun: Our Eyes, Our Footprints, Melbourne Museum (2009). Paton was a recipient of the City of Melbourne Laneways Commission (2011) for his project Urban Doolagahl. He was also a recipient of the Victorian Indigenous Art Awards-Highly Commended (2007) and has been shortlisted in the prize on multiple occasions (2014, 2013, 2012, 2011). Most recently his collaboration ‘Transcendence’ won the Koorie Art Commission at the Melbourne Museum. Paton was a finalist in the Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2015, exhibited in Primavera at the Museum of Contemporary Art 2015 and at the Art Gallery of NSW in 2015. Paton’s work is held in the collections of the NGV, NGA, Melbourne Museum, Brooklyn Art Library NY, Wellington Shire Council and private collections in Australia and overseas. Paton was also an artist on the Forever NOW project which projected works via signals into Deep Space through Cape Canaveral in Florida US. Paton is represented at Tristian Koenig Gallery in Melbourne.