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Lisa Sewards is a Melbourne artist who has followed traditional intaglio methods using drypoint, acids, copper and zinc plates over her decade long career. More recently, Sewards has begun working with a non-toxic, water and UV based technique called solar plate etching.

Delicate images drawn by her are etched onto metal backed solar plates. Her favoured Charbonnel inks of blacks and prussian blue are hand wiped onto the plate that is pulled through an etching press. Sewards has mastered creating light and luminous backgrounds to her works, many of which include human figure silhouettes.

Holding place in shortlists for multiple acquisitive art awards in Australia and New York, Sewards has exhibited solo and group exhibitions since 2012. Her work has been acquired by the State Library of Victoria and the Australian War Memorial. We are delighted to announce that Gallerysmith will now represent Sewards exclusively in Australia.



GOLD CHIP | one-night-only exhibition

Gallerysmith closes the 2023 curtain on December 12 with the annual exhibition, GOLD CHIP. At this one-night-only event, the gallery presents…

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DRIFTW O  O  D | Lisa Sewards

'Driftwood is my new body of work that echos displacement. Silhouettes of human figures traverse and drift over atmospheric mountains and sea forests. My inspiration is drawn from murmurs of family memories and beautiful pertinent words in poetry...'
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Gallerysmith launches its 2023 exhibition program with a group exhibition which celebrates 15 years of gallery operations. This exhibition features works by more than 50 artists who have shown at the gallery between 2008 and 2023....
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2023       DRIFTW O  O   D, Gallerysmith, Melbourne
2021       SHORT STORIES, fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne
2019       Spun Stories, Tacit Galleries, Collingwood
2018       Thousand kisses deep, fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne
2017       Cloudy Memory, LWOO, Port Jackson Press Gallery Fitzroy
2016       STRINGS, LWOO, Port Jackson Press Print Gallery, Fitzroy
2015       Flight from Silence, fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne
2013       White Parachute, fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne

2023       FPS Artist Book Prize Recipient Exhibition, Firestation Print Studio, Melbourne 
2020       Journeys and Discoveries, Bayside Gallery, Brighton
2020       Editions, Tacit Galleries Collingwood
2020       ‘Here’ Group Show by invitation, fortyfivedownstairs Gallery (online)
2019       ‘FEATURE ARTIST’ Editions, Tacit Galleries, Collingwood
2019       SMALL, fortyfivedownstairs Gallery, Melbourne
2019       Out of Slumber, Queenscliff Gallery, Queenscliff
2019       GUEST ARTIST – Small works lounge, Gallerysmith, North Melbourne
2019       Goddesses, Counterweave Arte Gallery, Rome, Italy
2018       SMALL, fortyfivedownstairs Gallery, Melbourne
2017       Great Authors Print Exchange, Queenscliff Gallery
2017       Inaugurazione, Counterweave Arte Galleria, Rome Italy
2017       Gippsland Print Award, SALE Gallery
2017       45 at 45, fortyfivedownstairs Gallery, Melbourne
2017       Unique Magic, Media House Gallery, The AGE, Curator Jacqueline Taylor OAM, Melbourne
2017       Unique States, Queenscliff Gallery, Queenscliff
2016       Creatures, Queenscliff Gallery, Queenscliff
2016       Proof, Port Jackson Press Print Gallery, Fitzroy
2015       Gippsland Print Award, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale
2015       Intersection–The Art of Motherhood, Red Gallery, Fitzroy


2023       Shortlisted, Gippsland Print Award, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, Victoria (announced on August 28, 2023)
2023       Finalist, WAMA Art Prize, Ararat Gallery TAMA, Victoria
2023       Finalist, Banyule Works on Paper Award, Melbourne
2022       WINNER, FPS Biennial Book Prize, text category, Firestation Print Studio, Melbourne
2022       Finalist, Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize, Melbourne
2021       Finalist, Burnie Print Prize, Acquisitive, Tasmania
2021       Finalist, Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
2020       WINNER, Curators Choice Award, APC Art Show, Port Melbourne
2019       Finalist, Burnie Print Prize, Tasmania
2019       Finalist, Peebles Print Prize, Queenscliff Gallery, Queenscliff
2018       Finalist, 45th Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswellbrook
2018       Finalist, Collins Place & AMP Capital Art Prize, Melbourne
2017       Finalist, 11th Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition, CCP (Center for Contemporary Printmaking USA) Judge Freyda Spira, Ass Curator Drawings & Prints, The Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC
2017       Finalist, Peebles Print Prize, Queenscliff Gallery, Queenscliff
2016       WINNER, Printmaking Section, Flinders Art Show, Flinders
2016       Finalist, NAB Flanagan Acquisitive Art Prize, Ballarat
2016       WINNER – Printmaking Category, APC Art Show, Port Melbourne (Judges Callum Morton, Head Fine Arts Monash University and Kate Ryan, Curator at NGV Melbourne)
2015       WINNER, Best Etching, Summer Salon, Firestation Print Studio
2015       Finalist, Hutchins Works on Paper Acquisitive Award, Hobart
2015       Finalist, M Collection Award, Acquisitive, Gallerysmith
2015       Finalist, International Miniature Print Exhibition, Manhattan Graphics, New York USA (Judged by Sarah Suzuki, Curator Drawing+Prints MoMA, NYC
2014       Finalist, The M Collection Award, Gallerysmith, Nth Melbourne
2012       WINNER, APC Art Prize, Albert Park

2020       Editorial, THE RIP Newspaper, SNOW GLOBE exhibition REGIONAL VIC
2019       Q&A Print Council of Australia Blog, Featured Artist/ Editions with IMPRINT Editor Andrew Stephens
2019       Catalogue Essay “Spun Stories” written by Keith Lawrence plus 16 page exhibition publication produced by Tacit Galleries
2019       Editorial ‘Solar Plate Printmaking at Sydney Contemporary’ Alana Wilson, Editor, Byron Arts Magazine #
2019       Editorial “The story behind the print” Issue no. 8 Pressing Matters magazine, London UK
2018       Thousand kisses deep Exhibition Preview, ART GUIDE AUSTRALIA, by Anna Dunnill, Independent arts writer March/April edition
2018       Q&A Print Council of Australia Blog, Thousand kisses deep exhibition, with IMPRINT Editor Andrew Stephens
2017       Contribution to Royal Prince Albert Hospital (NSW) Arterie Project
2017       Q&A Print Council of Australia, interview by Andrew Stephens, Editor Imprint, for Cloudy Memory, PCA website and blog
2017       AGE Newspaper Peebles Print Prize exhibition article: ‘Parajelly’ artwork featured as a Finalist
2017       Bellarine Times ‘Printing for honour’ article by Courtney Jones; ‘Parajelly’ artwork featured
2012       Editorial, Owl exhibition, summer ed IMPRINT,Print Council of Aust
2016       STRINGS, Australia Print Council’s 50 years of Print publication
2016       BIRD, etchings incl hand bound Artist Books produced by FPS, acquired by State Library (VIC) & Stonnington Council (VIC)
2015       AGE newspaper, May 15 – featured exhibition ‘Flight from Silence’ exhibition (including ‘Tribute: war pigeons’ artwork image)
2015       Editorial ‘Fight from Silence’ exhibition, Bayside Leader Newspaper May 12 by Jon Andrews
2015      Art ALMANAC May, Featured exhibition ‘Flight from Silence’
2015       Interview on Arts Program 3MBS discussing ‘Flight from Silence’
2015       ‘Collaboration Article’ co-authored with Anna Taylor, Australian Print Council IMPRINT, Winter edition
2015       Tassie Mercury Newspaper Sept 13th ‘Paper returns to fold’ article, Hutchins Award by Clyde Selby
2014       Catalogue Essay, White Parachute exhibition, by Dr Julie Cotter – featured in IMPRINT summer
2013/4   edition: Image + Identity (page 20) IMPRINT article featured exhibition images
2013       Profile, White Parachute exhibition, Art ALMANAC July edition
2013       Editorial, ‘Art takes place in history’ (White Parachute exhibition) by Jon Andrews, Bayside Leader Newspaper
2013       Age M Magazine, profile by Erin Munro, White Parachute
2013       3MBS FM Radio, in discussion with Jacqui Grantford, Artsbeat program Saturday June 29th

2023       Sydney Contemporary with Firestation Print Studios, Paper Contemporary, Carriageworks, Sydney
2022       Sydney Contemporary, Paper Contemporary, Carriageworks, Sydney
2019       Sydney Contemporary, Invitation by Print Council of Australia, Carriageworks
2018       Sydney Contemporary, Invitation by Print Council of Australia, Carriageworks

Australian War Memorial, ACT
State Library of Victoria
Hardcourt Homestead, Tasmania
MGC Contemporary Print Collection, Manhattan NYC
Stonnington City Council

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