Paul Newton, is an Australian artist who has twice won the Archibald Prize Packing Room Prize, in 1996 and 2001, and also won the People's Choice Award in 2001. In 1996 he won with a portrait of radio announcer John Laws CBE, and 2001 with a portrait of characters Roy Slaven and HG Nelson.
He has works in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, and is a portrait artist for Parliament House, Canberra. He has painted Prime Ministers and Governor General Sir William Deane AC, KBE. Other portraits by him have been Archibald Prize finalists including paintings of model Kate Fischer in 1997, model Maggie Tabberer AM in 1999, and rugby player David Campese AM in 2000 (which was acquired by the National Portrait Gallery). He has also won portrait competitions in Philadelphia and the Portrait Society of America's 2003 International Portrait Competition in Washington DC.
In 1999 a portrait he did of Bryce Courtenay AM was hung in the Archibald Salon des Refusés. A portrait of John Doyle he did was also hung in the Salon des Refusés in 1995.
In 2002 he painted arts figure Brett Sheehy AO for that year's Archibald Prize with the painting later being a finalist in the 2004 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.
In 2003 an image painted on Ian Thorpe's jeans by Paul Newton was used as a pin for the Jeans for Genes Day and the jeans were later auctioned for $26,000.
He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Sydney and a Diploma of Art from the Julian Ashton Art school in Sydney.
He painted a portrait of Tara Moss which was a finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, and was 'highly commended' at the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Awards in Bega.
Newton was commissioned to paint a depiction of the Madonna and Child 'Our Lady of the Southern Cross' for World Youth Day 2008, which now hangs permanently in St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney.
He was 12th times in the Archibald Prize and a finalist in 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 with his Self portrait #2 – dark night of the soul, 2012, 2014 and 2017.