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I AM WOMAN | A Group Exhibition for International Women’s Day 2021

On International Women's Day 2021 we acknowledge the achievements of girls and women around the world. We celebrate those who dedicate their lives to sport, art, health, family, politics, business and a host of other creative, professional and selfless endeavours. We thank those who are our mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sisters, colleagues and friends....

The Elegance of Spring collection | Sam Michelle

This body of work celebrates the freedom of post lockdown with beautiful blooms discovered at Sam Michelle's favourite florists and nurseries around Melbourne. These flowers are mixed with others from Sam's garden. In lockdown one, Sam cleared out vast spaces in her garden to make room for flowers she was growing from seed. Sam has taken a particular interest in the challenge of painting detailed, intricate flowers, such as the bearded iris.

Lee Salomone | When observations become form

When observations become form draws upon what ABC international affairs journalist Stan Grant refers to as the three founding realities that comprise Australia: First Nation People, the British tradition, and the richness of migration. A fourth thread evolved during the course of the exhibition, the Australian landscape.

Wanderland | Lori Pensini

Gallerysmith is delighted to present Lori Pensini's solo exhibition at Gallerysmith this November.

A Rare Bird in the Lands | Eva Fernandez

Throughout European history, literature, music and theatre, the black swan has been attributed with dark symbolism, having a sinister and seductive association with evil. In this her first solo exhibition at Gallerysmith, Fernandez repositions the swan, and other emblematic flora and fauna representative of Western Australian identity, as trenchant symbols, to explore dark undertones of the state's brutal history.

Hothouse | Dena Kahan

Dena Kahan’s new body of work, Hothouse, continues her investigation into museum collections, taking as her subject the antique botanical models in the collection of the University of Melbourne Herbarium and the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences in Sydney...

Sydney Contemporary presents 2020…

Gallerysmith is excited to present the works of Kate Ballis, Penny Byrne, Fiona Hiscock, Waldemar Kolbusz and Catherine Nelson in Sydney Contemporary presents 2020...
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The Dual Citizen Collection | Sam Michelle

Sam Michelle's newest series of work combines native flora from here and across the Tasman, with objects from her private collection in a bid to reconcile aspects of her life in Australia with her New Zealand heritage.

Habitat | Fiona Hiscock

After bushfires which ravaged large parts of Victoria and New South Wales in 2019/20, Fiona Hiscock considers the fauna impacted by these catastrophic events through loss of habitat. Her large scale ceramic vessels provide the canvas upon which she paints a range of native bird species and plants from coastal Victoria, from far east Gippsland to the Otway forest.

Fragment(ed) | Belinda Fox

Belinda Fox's exhibition (developed during the height of a global health pandemic) explores the fragility of a fragment(ed) world. Her works responds to this time of uncertainty with delicate images of profound beauty.

Liminality | Kate Ballis

Photographed on the Isle of Skye using a converted full spectrum camera and an infrared filter, Kate Ballis reinstates Scotland’s mythological fairies as a statuesque powerful goddesses. The series considers the myth of Cailleach who created the mountains with fire and carved them with ice, and depicts this with blood like feminine forms.

For the chance of it | Waldemar Kolbusz

For his debut exhibition at Gallerysmith, Waldemar Kolbusz brings together an exhilarating new body of paintings inspired by both his recent travels and experiences closer to home.

Colour | Jennifer Goodman

Simply titled Colour, Jennifer Goodman's newest body of work examines colour relationships and compositions in a bid to tease out the primary drivers of her work. This exhibition comprises large scale paintings, complemented by some smaller works on linen, exquisite tapestries and delicate works on paper.

Interzone | Tim Allen

In his second solo exhibition at Gallerysmith (his 20th career exhibition), Tim Allen presents a series of works derived from his recent Queensland residency courtesy of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy.

The Space Between | Isobel Clement

Isobel Clement's works are quiet meditations on tone and form, looking at simple still life compositions with a focus on the space between objects, the fall of shadow and the play of light on surface.
This solo exhibition highlights recent examples of Isobel Clement's studio practice.

Fosse | Wilma Tabacco

With a practice firmly grounded in geometric abstraction, Italian-born artist Wilma Tabacco presents Fosse, an exhibition of paintings and collage works. Titled Fosse, this exhibition...

The Language of Flowers | Lori Pensini

Throughout the history of the world civilisations have used botanical symbols and images. They have woven their forms into the cultural fabric of societies, embedding self and community expression through literature and art to form an unspoken crypto logical language... floriography - the language of flowers.

Down the Rabbit Hole | Junko Go

Fable and its translation to contemporary culture has sustained the painting practice of Junko Go for the past decade. Her new series looks at Lewis Carroll's seminal work and includes a range of paintings and accompanying 'Junko philosophies'.

Flock | Rachel Coad

“There can be no transforming of darkness into light, of apathy into movement without emotion.”1

Flock is an ambitious series of figurative paintings by Rachel Coad which revisit the warm, muted palette that dominated her early practice.

The subjects of these works are French backpackers who passed through Margaret River on their Australian travels. In exchange for board and lodging, Coad retained them as sitters in the studio, where she sketched, photographed and painted them....

The Divine Paradox | Charmaine Pike

The Divine Paradox draws upon elements of the Australian landscape to examine the fragility and strength of the human condition. Working both en plein air and in the studio, Charmaine Pike employs landforms as a vehicle for a dialogue on emotional states through personified rock-like formations which lean inwards and out, often precariously placed within bold compositions to create visual tension between space and form.

The Peony Portrait Collection | Sam Michelle

The Peony Portrait Collection will be Sam Michelle's second solo exhibition at Gallerysmith. A VIP preview will take place on Saturday, April 6th in Melbourne. Places can be booked by emailing jess@gallerysmith.com.au. Those who sign up will be notified of the event details this week.

Passive Aggressive Power | Clinton Naina

In his first exhibition since joining Gallerysmith in 2018, Clinton Nain reveals a new series of paintings exploring the impact of power structures imposed since colonisation.

Minang Boodjar | Christopher Pease

In 1834, English explorer and artist, Robert Dale, produced a series of drawings of Australia's south west coast that are widely regarded as the most ambitious attempt to document the Australian landscape in the 19th century. Produced as a series of etchings totaling 3m long, Dale's work depicts rolling hills in a vast panorama and is dotted with depictions of harmonious relations between English settlers and the Nyoongar.
The six paintings which are collectively titled Minang Boodjar re-examine Dale's 19th century imagery at an epic scale in an attempt to focus our attention on the troubled notion of a romanticised account of colonisation.

Navigate | Tim Allen

Tim Allen is a painter in the landscape tradition who works from a studio in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales. His painting career spans more than 20 years and he has been awarded several prestigious awards such as the Paddington Art Prize in 2017. Navigate is his first solo exhibition at Gallerysmith.

Recess | Martin King

Using William Strutt's epic Black Thursday as a starting point, Martin King has developed a new series of artworks and art objects which explore the somewhat mythical aspects of land, flora and fauna.

The Getty Collection | Sam Michelle

This online exhibition by Sam Michelle takes the J. Paul Getty Collection in LA as a starting point. Inspired by the gardens which surround the museum and objects within, Sam Michelle has developed a fresh body of work using seasonal fruit and flora in a range of compositions.

Bloom | Lori Pensini

ARTIST STATEMENT This body of works is as much an exploration of our colonial culture as it is my own identity. It is a tale of resilience, of the pride and prejudices against social and political injustices of early Australia…

Bloom | Lori Pensini

Lori Pensini explores her heritage and that of her family in her solo exhibition, Bloom. This body of work contains four large scale paintings which examine familial relationships and the personal and cultural connections which exist in pastoral Australia.

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