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November 2018

Minang Boodjar | Christopher Pease

November 29 - December 8
Christopher Pease, Souvenir 2017, 200x165cm

In 1828, a fleet of three ships was chartered to establish a new colony at Swan River in Western Australia. The HMS Challenger set sail first, followed by the Parmelia and HMS Sulphur which launched from Spithead off Portsmouth, England in February 1829.
One of the regiment’s soldiers was Lieutenant Robert Dale (1810-1856), whose duty it was to explore the new land and document the expedition. He made extensive trips along the Canning River, throughout the York district and King George’s Sound resulting in the most ambitious attempt to depict the Australian landscape in print-making during the first half of the nineteenth century. The six paintings which are collectively titled Minang Boodjar re-examine the 19th century propaganda circulated by Dale which depicted civilised relations between settlers and the Nyoongar. By recreating sections of Dale’s familiar landscape etchings as paintings at an epic scale, Pease focuses our attention on the troubled notion of a romanticised account of colonisation.

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October 2018

Navigate | Tim Allen

October 11 - November 10
Tim Allen, Lull, 112x112cm

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.

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Recess | Martin King

October 11 - November 10
Martin King, black thursday diaries V, etching, relief etching, watercolour, wax, hard cover book, ribbon, 27x44cm

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.

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September 2018

The Getty Collection | Sam Michelle

September 18

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.

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Bloom | Lori Pensini

September 6 - October 6
Lori Pensini, Bloom, 150x150cm

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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Lure | Dena Kahan

September 6 - October 6
Dena Kahan, Still life with Dianthus and White Willow

Using museum collections as subject matter for still life painting, Dena Kahan plays with ambiguities of scale, space and reflection to undermine the clear containment of the museum case. In her exhibition, Lure, insects are drawn to these artificial replicas of the plant world. This imagery references the tradition of 17th century Dutch still life, in which plants and insects take on symbolic meanings and flowers of different seasons bloom together...

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July 2018

Blue Silence | Ian Friend

July 26 - September 1

Ian Friend’s work reflects a rich engagement with jazz and classical music, poetry and architecture. Blue Silence pays homage to poets and artists, composers and musicians including those as diverse as Elena Kats-Chernin, Edward Elgar, Sol Gabetta and Piet Mondrian.

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Pedestal | Belinda Fox

July 26 - September 1
Belinda Fox, Build it up i, 2018, 110x100cm

Belinda Fox's exhibition, Pedestal, considers the notion that ideas which can be held as a beacon of hope can sometimes be flawed. It explores the imperfection which lies in the seemingly perfect. These works focus on this idea of a ‘fall from grace’ or the dismay that follows our naivety...

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June 2018

Woodland | Fiona Hiscock

June 21 - July 21

Fiona Hiscock’s oversized ceramic vessels exist within a broader concept of functionalism, as a means to examine her interest in early colonial domestic objects such as water pitchers, basins and bowls. Taking these ideas as a starting point for her practice, her works have evolved to create their own language of decorated utilitarian objects which express her interest in native flora and fauna.
Hiscock’s works are hand-built using the coiling technique, then painted, glazed and fired. The painted images are derived from watercolour studies on paper, developed during intense periods in different landscape environments, most recently around Bundanon in NSW. Other works in this series look at the coastal banksia forests in far eastern Gippsland. Each work then considers the biodiversity of these environments. The result is a series of pitchers, vases, cassoulets and plates which together form an open-ended narrative of Australia’s unique biodiversity.

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Limen | Adriane Strampp

June 21 - July 21

Adriane Strampp’s process begins with a collection of photographs, obscure and obscured source material, a compilation of information gathered from places once visited which continue to have some pull or gravitas.
In her studio, fragments of reference material are rearranged, merged and edited to create a new ambiguous reality and a sense of discord; a response painted from the artist’s personal experiences and broader response to the current global climate.

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May 2018

Reunited | Irene Clark

May 24 - June 16
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Archive | Dadang Christanto

May 24 - June 16
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2018 BAYSIDE ACQUISITIVE ART AWARD

May 18 - July 8

Bayside acquisitive art prize 18 May - 8 July, 2018The Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize (BAAP) is an annual prize and exhibition in Brighton, Melbourne. It is judged by industry professionals who award total prize monies and acquisitive funds of $19,000.

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April 2018

New Prismatics | Lyndal Hargrave

April 19 - May 19
Groundswell by Lyndal Hargrave, 122x122cm

Complexity and repetition are key elements in this new series of paintings by Lyndal Hargrave. By modulating simple geometric shapes, the artist allows endless investigations of the subtle shifts of pattern, texture, colour and form.

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The Memory of Water | Sue Lovegrove

April 19 - May 19

Using traditional techniques of Persian miniature illustration, Sue Lovegrove's new works are intimate works which chart quiet observations of moments in time. Each pairing of 8x4cm paintings present like pages in an open book that might rest in the palm of one’s hands.

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March 2018

Every NoThing | Catherine Nelson

March 15 - April 14

An infinite video loop of disappearing flora is central to this photo-media exhibition. Catherine Nelson once again captures our imagination with dramatic imagery and haunting inferences in this unique and captivating exhibition.

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My Brother and the Beast | Eric Bridgeman

March 15 - April 14
Eric Bridgeman, Kuman, 2018, pigment print, 115x95cm, edition of 6

A large series of hand painted shields coupled with photographs, paintings and installation will feature in this expansive exhibition which explores Bridgeman's Papua New Guinean heritage.
The shield has always been associated with conflict, used in times of battle as personal armour and as potent symbol of power to attackers. In PNG culture, battles between tribes are a common means of dealing with disputes and maintaining social order. Here, the shield plays an important role in displaying status and power.

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February 2018

Heartland | Ngaio Lenz

February 8 - March 10

In an inadvertent nod to the slow-art movement, Heartland reveals paintings which express the memory of time, reflecting upon the flaws which appear along life’s long journey.

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January 2018

This Wild Song

January 30 - February 3

An exhibition and fundraiser to enable This Wild Song to travel to Singapore in March.

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November 2017

Angel Song | Ian Friend

November 16, 2017 - December 9, 2017
Ian Friend Angel Song install image

With a career spanning four decades, Ian Friend's new paintings on paper encapsulate many of the artist's longstanding concerns. Friend's work conjures his current thinking on political and social issues while also being developed in response to music, poetry and literature.

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The Long Wait for the Angel | Jennifer Goodman

November 16, 2017 - December 9, 2017
Jennifer Goodman, The Long Wait for the Angel install image

The Long Wait for the Angel is Jennifer Goodman's 8th solo exhibition in her career and her third with Gallerysmith. Her work explores the complexities of colour and the subtleties of abstraction, resulting in a range of delicate, large scale oil on linen compositions. This exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with an essay by writer and curator, Chloe Wolifon.

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October 2017

The Cloth Collection | Sam Michelle

October 12, 2017 - November 11, 2017
Sam Michelle, Cloth and Blues, 2017, 63x48cm

Sam Michelle is a Melbourne painter whose intimate paintings make a strong impact. Her new series, The Cloth Collection, is inspired by the gathering of flowers, ceramics and her growing collection of textiles.
Sam Michelle is among a younger generation of artists whose works engage both emerging and established collectors. They have featured widely in print and online and the demand for her work is high. To register your interest in Sam's work, email marita@gallerysmith.com.au

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Memento | Kirrily Hammond

October 12, 2017 - November 11, 2017
Kirrily Hammond, Achturenstraat Leuven, Flanders oil on copper, 9.0 x 12.0 cm

Memento is an exhibition of paintings inspired by my recent experiences living for a year in Belgium, soaking up Flemish art, the landscape and the northern light. Some of the paintings are based European urban environments, connecting directly to other works that depict my suburban environment here in Melbourne.
Whilst there is a transitory nature to the imagery, caught in the midst of busy family life, my detailed oil paintings on linen and copper are about capturing and cherishing these small, quiet moments of beauty in our everyday lives.

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August 2017

The Mystery of Balance | Isobel Clement

August 31, 2017 - October 7, 2017

Beauty is to be found in the mystery of balance.
Attributed to Leonardo da Vinci

- Alex Kerr, Lost Japan

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Restoration | Rachel Coad

August 31, 2017 - October 7, 2017

Restoration is an ambitious series of portraits which capture the expressions that occur in the moment before a response to an idea or a question is articulated. In a return to the themes which dominated Coad’s 2014 series, Juncture, the artist endeavours to describe another unguarded moment in human interaction. Her figures engage with a series of situations which are not apparent to the viewer in a bid to examine the role of the spectator. She says, “We all find ourselves in conversations where, in a moment, we are observing rather that participating. I seek to recreate the dynamics in the observed moment.”

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July 2017

Shift/Split | a solo exhibition by guest artist Joe Scerri

July 20, 2017 - August 26, 2017

Through intense conflagrations of explosive black markings, Joe Scerri imagines invisible worlds which occupy physical spaces that are blemished and tainted by repetitive human presence. The ink drawings on paper in Split / Shift are dynamic and in a constant…

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Other Places | Adriane Strampp

July 20, 2017 - August 26, 2017

Using subtle shifts in tone and hue, Adriane Strampp’s nuanced paintings in Other Places conjure familiar yet elusive memories of place, emotion and feeling. Her shadowy compositions, built from thin layers of oil and wax on linen, convey a paradox;…

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June 2017

DENFAIR 2017 | an art and design fair in Melbourne

June 8, 2017 - June 10, 2017
Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Spencer St
Adriane Strampp install shot for Denfair

DENFAIR is a boutique art and design fair held over three days in Melbourne. The fair presents a carefully curated selection of fine art and furniture design to a concentrated audience of architects, interior designers and stylists. Gallerysmith will present works…

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May 2017

Me and My Beautiful Ugly Cakes | Junko Go

May 25, 2017 - July 15, 2017

Me and My Beautiful Ugly Cakes Junko Go 25 May - 24 June, 2017In a quest to find universal values, Junko Go’s paintings are not tied to a particular art movement. Instead, they possess a unique aesthetic encompassing elements of…

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The Other | Lynda Draper

May 25, 2017 - July 15, 2017
Lynda Draper, White Lion, 2017, hand-built earthenware, glazes, 47x30x30cm

Lynda Draper's work explores psychological scenarios often representing a journey within the dualities of life and death, reality and fantasy, past and present. She is interested in the relationship between the mind and material world and the related phenomenon of the metaphysical. Her work for The Other comprises a series of 'tiaras' and other abstracted forms, expanding the expressive freedom of her hand-built ceramics practice.

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