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ARTISTS | Lee Salomone


Lee Salomone graduated from the South Australian School of Art in 1991. He works in a range of media – including installation, photography, sculpture and works on paper. His work addresses both the contemporary world around him and his cultural heritage, with Italian peasant traditions having provided a life-long source of inspiration for his practice.

Fundamentally a story-teller, Lee Salomone makes use of the ‘existing’: by combining physical objects with lived experiences and observations, he creates narrative, history and memory, both national and personal. Salomone describes his sculptures as ‘contemporary artefacts’. We can’t think of a more apt term!

Lee Salomone has presented more than 25 solo shows and been curated to more than 60 group exhibitions in his career both here and in Berlin. Exhibitions of note include Palimpsest (1999–01, 2009), at Mildura Arts Centre, Breeding Ground (2008) at Jam Factory, Adelaide, and CACSA Contemporary 2010: THE NEW NEW (2010) at Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide.

He lives and works in Adelaide, South 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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Rendering Chance | Lee Salomone

"We were raised in a religious family and I seem to have inherited the found object calling. They fling themselves at me, landing between my feet, or gently tap me on the shoulder. Even in faraway continents they speak in dialects that I understand. Their requests are always identical...
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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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In this time like no other, Gallerysmith has brought together a curated selection of artists' experiences of 2020 with this online exhibition 2020 (REAR) VISION. This exhibition draws artists from both within and beyond Gallerysmith and aims to provide a snapshot, as a social history record of a most unusual and challenging time. It contains work which is reflective, responsive, reactive and importantly, honest.
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When observations become form | Lee Salomone

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.
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Lee Salomone | Bronze Age: contemporary works in bronze

Bronze Age is Lee Salomone's 25th solo exhibition. We are delighted to be presenting this show in our Project Space. Click to read Lee's statement about this exhibition.
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The beauty of small moments | Lee Salomone

Someone once said that we are held captive by our biographies. From my experience, childhood plays a major part in…

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Lee Salomone
lives Adelaide

1991      Bachelor of Arts, Visual Arts, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
1988      Associate Diploma in Art, North Adelaide School of Art, Adelaide
1986      Certificate in Art, North Adelaide School of Art

Art Gallery of South Australia, National Museum of Australia, Unley Museum Collection, Adelaide, AAC Archivio Arte Contemporanea, Numero Civico Cultural Association, Rovereto, Italy, Mildura Arts Centre, Victoria, Migration Museum, A Division of the History Trust of South Australia, Private collections throughout Australia and Germany



Gallerysmith is delighted to announce that we now represent contemporary artist Lee Salomone. Artist Lee Salomone graduated from the South…

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