2016 NEWS

A vast installation by Eric Bridgeman forms the centrepiece of a major exhibition at QAG GOMA until Jan 17.

No.1 Neighbour: Art in Papua New Guinea 1966-2016 presents work  dating from the mid-1960s to today. The exhibition focuses on the vibrancy of artistic expression and Eric has embellished a long wall within the galley with PNG designs as a backdrop for his new photographic works. A key concept within the exhibition is the important relationship between Australia and Papua New Guinea and Eric’s The Trade photographs highlight aspects of cultural exchange.

Adriane Strampp rounds off another successful year with her work included in another three art prize exhibitions. Gauze was shortlisted for the John Leslie Prize at Gippsland Art Gallery, First Light (pictured above) is in the Len Fox Painting Prize at Castlemaine Gallery, and Displacement is included in Sydney’s Paddington Art Prize.

walfinish2Rachel Coad has been awarded the 2016 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Her winning portrait of fellow artist Waldemar Kolbusz was selected by a panel of judges including Angus Trumble, Thea Costanino and former Director of AGWA, Alan Dodge. The judges said: “The winning artwork has a scale and presence and the subject’s personality has been captured superbly. The artist has moved beyond the photo realism and creates a sense of nostalgia through the use of sepia tones, ….  It is a painter’s painting of a painter.”

The Black Swan Prize, now in its 10th year, is one of the richest art awards in the country with the winning artist receiving $50,000 in prize money. The prize is proudly supported by the Lester Group.

Jennifer Goodman has five editioned prints on paper in a small groupexhibition at Stephen McLaughlin Gallery in the famed Nicholas Building in Melbourne’s CBD. This exhibition, thoughtfully curated by Stephen Wickham, includes works by Stephen and Jennifer, along with Tracey Coutts.

A number of editions of these works are still available, either through Gallerysmith or Stephen McLauglin.

Lynda Draper is a finalist  in the 2016 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, with her porcelain work, Apparition. This is the seventh time Lynda has been shortlisted for this award since 2006, this year featuring her work, Apparition.

Lynda is also a finalist in the 30th Gold Coast International Art Award with Green Eyes, Pink Kisses (right).

Screenshot 2016-08-04 16.34.44The void left by the recent collapse of Melbourne Art Fair prompted action from an alliance of leading art galleries resulting in a new art event in Melbourne in August, titled 602. The alliance of galleries from both Melbourne and Sydney joined forces and exhibited in a former electricity substation at 602 Little Bourke Street from Wednesday 17 – Sunday 21 August.

Participating galleries included Charles Nodrum Gallery, Gallerysmith, Jacob Hoerner Galleries, Martin Browne Contemporary, .M Contemporary, Michael Reid, Olsen Irwin, Scott Livesey Galleries and Watters Gallery.

An insightful interview with Kirstin Berg has been published by Art Collector magazine on their website. Read it here.

A number of works by Lynda Draper are in the exhibition, OVERUNDERSIDEWAYSDOWN. Curated by Glenn Barkley, this exhibition explores “ceramic’s present currency within the art world and the reasons why it is of such interest to artists…. It collectively reenergises the ceramics community and brings it into new contemporary contexts.” The Exhibition is currently on at Manly Art Gallery & Museum until 26 June 2016.

Martin King has been selected as a finalist in the 2016 National Works on Paper Award at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery. This biennial award exhibition was established in 1998 and this year’s judges include Kirsty Grant, Director of Heide Museum of Modern Art and Roger Butler, Senior Curator of prints and drawings at the NGA.

Gallerysmith is delighted to announce that we are exhibiting a selection of works by Jennifer Goodman, Martin King and Ian Friend at DENFAIR in Melbourne from June 2-4.

Adam NortonAdam Norton has been selected for The Daejeon Museum of Art Biennale 2016 in South Korea in July. The theme of the biennale is COSMOS, and will include a number of works by Adam including Space Yurt which we exhibited at Melbourne Art Fair in 2012.


Eric Bridgeman‘s work, Woman from Settlement with Boobs, is currently featured in an exhibition at Monash Gallery of Art titled Australian Exotica which showcases a range of photographic work that engage with the theme of exotic antipodes. “For many contemporary artists, this European vision is something that needs to be subverted and critiqued. For others, the idea of living in an eccentric environment continues to inspire a distinctively Australian sense of place.” MGA website

Janet Holmes a Court Gallery at Vasse Felix is hosting a solo exhibition of Rachel Coad which opens in June. Rachel will also be artist in residence at the gallery from June through to September. The exhibition will feature works from throughout Rachel’s oeuvre from early figurative drawings through to her most recent paintings.

Jennifer Goodman was once again shortlisted for the Bayside Art Award in Brighton.

Catherine Nelson was featured on The Mix on Jan 30th.

Lynda Draper‘s work will feature in Weird Ceramic, an exhibition curated by Simon Gregg at Gippsland Art Gallery in November.

2015 NEWS

Dadang Christanto’s tribute
QUT in Brisbane is currently hosting a major solo exhibition of our much loved and greatly revered artist Dadang Christanto. Titled 1965, this exhibition marks 50 years since the artist’s father was arrested in Indonesia and forcibly taken from the family home in the dead of night, never to be seen again. Dadang has marked this solemn anniversary with a powerful exhibition of new works and a series of performance pieces.

Interest Free Art Loans
Gallerysmith is delighted to announce that we now offer Art Money, an interest free loan scheme for art purchases up to $20,000. Under this scheme, you can make a small deposit for a work of art, then take it home to enjoy while paying the balance in ten equal instalments.

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Martin King‘s work Dawn survey indigo (2015) was shortlisted for the 2015 Geelong Acquisitive Print Awards at Geelong Art Gallery. Dawn survey indigo is printed on 9 sheets of paper and is edtioned at 5.

Gallerysmith Project Space celebrates one year
It is hard to believe that our Project Space has been operating for one year already. Under the tutelage of Emma Benichou, Gallerysmith Project Space has become the favoured gallery space for unrepresented artists and has hosted more than 20 successful exhibitions. Some of our Project Space artists have gone on to have solo shows in other commercial galleries, while others have been shortlisted for art awards around the country including this year’s Archibald Prize. We offer our congratulations to all of the artists who have benefited from being exposed to a wider audience in the past year.

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Curator Renee Cosgrove developed a fascinating exhibition which was held at Bundoora Homestead Gallery earlier this year called Two of a Kind. This exhibition presented work from the collection of the City of Darebin and paired it with current work by the same artists providing insight into the creative development of a number of contemporary artists. Jennifer Goodman‘s work in the Darebin Collection, Fuge 2, from 2006, was juxtaposed with a 2013 work titled Delphic.

Survey at Ballarat Art Gallery
The recent practice of Dena Kahan is currently highlighted in a survey exhibition at Ballarat Art Gallery. This exhibition will include works produced during the past five years, and loaned from public and private collections, with a focus on those inspired by the Glass Flowers Collection at Harvard University in the USA.


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Rachel Coad has been shortlisted for the 2015 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture with a stunning portrait of Janet Holmes a’ Court. Coad is one of 40 artists selected for this award.



Labours of Love
Curator Louise Mitchell has curated a fabulous exhibition at Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery titled Labours of Love: Australian Quilts 1845 – 2015. This exhibition juxtaposes historical quilts with contemporary artworks and includes works by Gallerysmith artists Paula do Prado and Lucas Grogan. The exhibition continues until 5 October.

QAG acquire two works for collection
Two works by Eric Bridgeman have been acquired by Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art for their permanent collection. And Bridgeman fans will not have to wait much longer before his new series emerges from the studio. Eric is scheduled to exhibit at Gallerysmith in the coming months.


Kirstin Berg returns home
Kirstin has spent the past few months in Europe on a self-imposed research trip, looking at new materials and sculptural possibilities for her practice through studying major modern German artists works at Martin Gropius Bau and Hamburger Bahnhof.

A number of works by Ian Friend have been selected for GOMA Q, the first in a series of exhibitions that will profile the practices of Queensland’s leading visual artists. The exhibition ran from July to October at Queensland Art Gallery / GOMA.


Andrew Seward at the George Paton Gallery
Andrew Seward has been curated into an exhibition titled Unintended (Refrains:). This show looks at those recurring motifs we attempt to rid ourselves of but cannot escape. In this exhibition Sandra Bridie asks numerous artists, writers and others to identify and find visual form for the unintended refrains of their art or lives.

Gallerysmith welcomes Fiona Hiscockhiscock
Fiona Hiscock‘s practice emerges from a centuries-old tradition of decorative utilitarian ceramics and explores the relationship between early colonial domestic ware and the artist’s own Anglo-Celtic heritage. While largely expressing this as a conflict in earlier works by adorning pitchers, vessels and cassoulets with illustrations of introduced flora, Hiscock has recently become more engaged with the narrative of her Australian identity by depicting native species, predominantly Banksia, on a range of coiled and hand-built vessels. These objects form the ‘canvas’ upon which Hiscock applies her botanical imagery allowing the artist’s abiding interest in the natural world to flourish. Fiona Hiscock will present a new body of work in October this year.

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Martin King has been selected as a finalist in the 2015 Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award. The award announcement will take place on May 29th at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery.

Bankwest Art Prize

Rachel Coad has been shortlisted for the 2015 Bankwest Art Prize. Coad was one of just 18 artists selected from a large number of entries. The Prize is exhibited at the Bankwest gallery in Perth and opens in October.

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Gallerysmith is pleased to announced that we are presenting two exhibitions for the inaugural CLIMARTE festival in Melbourne from 11 April to 17 May, 2015. During this period we will be hosting exhibitions by Sue Lovegrove, guest artist Charmaine Pike and Martin King.

Now representing…Martin King
Gallerysmith is delighted to announce that we now represent Melbourne artist Martin King. Gallerysmith will manage King’s entire back catalogue of works on paper along with his current portfolio of prints, drawings and paintings.


Bayside Acquisitive Art Award
Congratulations to Jennifer Goodman who was shortlisted for the inaugural Bayside Art Award with her wonderful painting, Sweep.

The January 2015 issue of ARTIST PROFILE magazine includes a three-page feature of the work of Kirstin Berg. In this fascinating article Kirstin teases out the ideas which form the basis of her practice and unravels some of the mystery of her monumental works on paper. Read the full article here.. Kirstin Berg – Artist Profile Magazine, issue 29, Jan 15


2014 NEWS

Lucas Grogan portrait, courtesy Belle magazine

Belle’s Generation Next
For four decades Belle Magazine has identified the style-setters of Australian art and design. In its 40th anniversary edition (on the shelves now) the focus is on a new generation of Australian creatives who will carry the torch for excellence into the future. Lucas Grogan is among those featured.
We’d love to include a link to the article here, but Belle are playing their e-links close to their chest, so you’ll just have to buy the mag.


Adam Norton’s Conquest on ABC TV
Conquest of Space: Science Fiction & Contemporary Art  examines the work of Australian artists who explore science-fiction themes and concepts through painting, drawing, sculpture, video and installations. In this 30 minute program, Andrew Frost discusses examples of work by more than a dozen artists and featuring interviews with some of Australian art’s leading practitioners including Adam Norton.

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Pencil drawings by Robbie Harmsworth and Andrew Seward are currently being exhibited in the Paul Guest Drawing Prize at Bendigo Art Gallery until January 26, 2015.



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We are delighted to announce that a major portrait by Mike Chavez, of Australian world surfing champion Joel Parkinson, has
been acquired by the Gold Coast City Art Gallery for their permanent collection.

Congratulations Mike!



Black Swan Prize for PortraitureTed May, John Hoerner
Gallerysmith is delighted to announce that two of our artists have been shortlisted for the 2014 Black Swan Prize. Ted May‘s portrait of John Hoerner and Rachel Coad‘s portrait of her studio sitter Megan will both be included in the exhibition which opens in Perth on October 9. Congratulations Ted and Rachel.



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Congratulations to Dena Kahan, whose work Large Glass Garden 4 was shortlisted for the 2014 Geelong Painting Prize.




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Eric Bridgeman
‘s In the Project multimedia work was selected for inclusion in MAF Video in the 2014 Melbourne Art Fair in August. The selection of video works for the fair were curated by Simone Hine and Kyle Weiss.




Dadang Christanto unveils installation in Central Java Indonesia Mud Volcano
In 2006 an environmental disaster of epic proportions began to engulf parts of Indonesia. Mud (either the consequence of low level volcanic eruptions or the drilling activities of a nearby gas plant) has crept across large tracts of Central Java and buried twelve villages in its path. On May 31, 2014, to mark the eight year anniversary of this ongoing catastrophe, Dadang Christanto installed 101 larger than life sculptures atop the mud fields.



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Gallerysmith is delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting three artists at Melbourne Art Fair in August: Kirstin Berg, Lucas Grogan and Jennifer Goodman. Berg will unveil a new body of paper assemblages while Grogan will be showing a series of large kinetic installations. Jennifer Goodman will be represented by two works from her current series.



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A work titled Myth Re-altered from Paula do Prado‘s current exhibition Odalisque, has been acquired by the State Library of Victoria. And fans of do Prado can read more about her practice in the current issue of Artist Profile magazine. The six page feature includes Paula’s responses to a series of interview questions, photos of her Sydney studio along with images of early and current works. Paula’s exhibition, Odalisque, is currently on at Gallerysmith until July 19.


INSIDEOUT magazine feature

In the back streets of Fitzroy, a vast Lucas Grogan mural wraps around the facade of Elise Mooney’s house. Images of this work are featured in the May issue of INSIDEOUT.



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CONGRATULATIONS to Dena Kahan whose painting Large Glass Garden (above) was selected as the winning entry in the 2014 Stanthorpe Art Festival Prize in Queensland. This year the prize was judged by Angela Goddard, curator at QAGOMA. Angela described Dena’s winning work as “so delicately painted, with a precision and an obviously skilled draughtsmanship underpinning the whole composition.” Read Dena’s acceptance speech and Angela’s other comments here.


2013 NEWS wrap

Eric Bridgeman featured heavily in our 2013 news with a number of well deserved opportunities.

  • In November, he was one of just 20 artists from the Asia Pacific region to be shortlisted for the prestigious Prudential Eye Art Award. Bridgeman’s work was selected by a panel of industry experts including Andreï Erofeev, Russian independent Curator and art critic, Tan Boon Hui, Group Director, National Heritage Board, Nick Mitzevich, Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia and Nigel Hurst, CEO of the Saatchi Gallery in London.
  • In October, Bridgeman won the $10,000 Substation Contemporary Art Prize with his video work In the Project. SMH article
  • Earlier in the year, we farewelled Eric for Paris where works from his series The Sport and Fair Play of Aussie Rules were exhibited as part of PHOTOQUAI 2013, 4th Biennale des Images du Monde. This outdoor photography event aims to survey the practices of important photographic artists from the Asia Pacific region.
  • Melbourne’s Monash Gallery of Art, a public gallery which holds one of the most comprehensive collections of art photography in Australia, acquired Eric Bridgeman‘s Woman from Settlement with Boobs from his 2010 Photos from the Kokwara Trail series.

Lucas Grogan also had a great year in 2013. One of his major works from his QUILTS exhibition was acquired by Ararat Region Art Gallery. The Ararat Gallery collection has a strong focus on textiles and the Grogan quilt was their major acquisition for the year.

Lucas also completed a number of private commissions during the year including a residential facade in Fitzroy, a new bar fit-out in Collingwood, an office feature wall in Cremorne and a three wall mural in Bali.


Gallerysmith showed at the inaugural Sydney art fair, Sydney Contemporary 13 at Carriageworks in September. Our stand featured work by internationally acclaimed artist Dadang Christanto and was a highlight of the event. Dadang’s monumental cast aluminium head was one of the most instagrammed stands of the Fair! Click here to view a final wrap up from the team at Sydney Contemporary.

Combining his penchant for technology in science with a large dose of irony, Adam Norton uses space exploration, covert military operations and political propaganda to challenge ideas about western power structures. As a recipient of a 2012 Artist in Residence grant, funded by Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) and managed by Museums & Galleries NSW, Norton embarked on yet another mission in 2013, this time in the extreme landscape of outback NSW. Norton’s resultant new media work sees the artist seeking new frontiers in a variety of barren landscape environments.The works made during this residency were exhibited as part of a solo presentation at Broken Hill Regional Gallery in October.

A Paul Gauguin-inspired self portrait Odalisque by Paula do Prado was commissioned as part of the University of Queensland’s National Artists’ Self Portrait Prize at UQAM in October. This acquisitive prize serves to highlight the strength of contemporary Australian self portraiture, and entry is by invitation only. The 2013 exhibition was curated by Samantha Littley to the theme: remix . post . connect .

2012 NEWS wrap

Lucas Grogans work featured on the cover of the December 2012 issue of Art Almanac.

Simone Eisler was included in an exhibition in India alongside names such as Fiona Hall, Sangeeta Sandrasegar and Kate Beynon. The exhibition, titled Re-Picturing the Feminine, aligned the work of Australian women artists with their Indian counterparts. An insightful essay about the exhibition appeared in the summer 2012-13 issue of Art Monthly.

In November, the National Gallery of Victoria acquired a folio of 18 drawings by Andrew Seward. This major acquisition is the third time the NGV have acquired Andrew’s work. Other works were purchased by the NGV in 2005 and 2000.

The National Gallery of Victoria also purchased a large work from Kirstin Berg‘s November 2012 exhibition, MONUMENT.

The Design Files, headed by the dynamic design blogger Lucy Feagins, hosted its annual Open House in Windsor in November. This (now annual) event showcases the very best in Australian design and art. Lucas Grogan was commissioned to make a number of works for the event and his major work, WELL FINALLY, graced the master suite.

Gallerysmith presented a group exhibition at the 2012 Melbourne Art Fair in August which included works by Adam Norton, Lucas Grogan, Eric Bridgeman, Nici Cumpston, Catherine Nelson, Christopher Pease and our resident superheroine TextaQueen.

Ceramicist Lynda Draper was awarded an Established Artist New Work Grant by the Australia Council.

Eric Bridgeman (as the driving force behind the group Yal Ton) was selected for an exhibition at the MCA called TABOO. The exhibition curated by Brook Andrew placed Yal Ton’s work in the context of international art with artists such as Jimmie Durham (USA and Europe); Leah Gordon (UK); Alicia Henry (USA); Anton Kannemeyer (South Africa) and Jompet (Agustinus Kuswidanato) (Indonesia).

The 2012 R&M McGivern Prize is a national acquisitive award held every three years in Melbourne. Dena Kahan and Andrew Seward were both shortlisted for the 2012 award. An exhibition of the shortlisted works was held at Maroondah Art Gallery in June/July.

Undisclosed, the second National Indigenous Art Triennial at the National Gallery of Australia featured work by 20 artists from around the country including four hand-coloured photographs by Gallerysmith artist, Nici Cumpston.

Adam Norton commenced a six month residency at Artspace in Sydney January. In February he exhibited a full size iridescent inflatable army tank on Cockatoo Island (Sydney). In August Adam installed a space station in our stand at Melbourne Art Fair. September saw him travel back to Broken Hill for a six-month residency courtesy of Museums and Galleries NSW, which culminated in a solo exhibition at Broken Hill Regional Gallery in 2013.

2011 NEWS wrap

Gallerysmith welcomed another gallery to the North precinct in June. Langford 120 joined No No Gallery, Art beat, Dark Horse Experiment and Purgatory Artspace, all within a few blocks of North Melbourne Arts House at the Town Hall.

Australian Art Collector named Chris Pease as one of Australia’s Most Collectable Artists of 2011.

A profile about Dadang Christanto appeared in the November – December issue of Art Asia Pacific. Click here to read the article. This article points to a significant survey of Dadang’s work which featured at Drill Hall Gallery in Canberra late last year.

Gallerysmith celebrated three successful years in June 2011 and commenced a weekly roster of Champagne Saturdays between 2 and 4pm to celebrate this milestone.

The September issue of Australian Art Review, featured a profile on Gallerysmith.

2010 NEWS wrap

Susan Purdy was commissioned to create a major new narrative work for Bushfire Australia, an exhibition at TarraWarra Musuem of Art. Susan’s installation Australia Phoenix: A Cosmology featured in the Vista Walk gallery. An essay on this work by Marita Smith appeared in the exhibition catalogue.

Gallerysmith exhibited at Melbourne Art Fair for the first time with new bodies of work by Dadang Christanto, Nici Cumpston, Siri Hayes and Tony Albert. Our first Fair was a great success for the gallery.

The Mitchell Library at the State Library of NSW hosted a major exhibition to celebrate it’s centenary year. Titled ONE hundred, the exhibition comprised one hundred of the most important works from its vast holdings, including the collaborative artist’s book, Eyewitness, by Theo Strasser and Peter Lyssiotis.

Ceramics devotees made a pilgrimage to Shepparton Art Gallery in June to see the past four years of Lynda Draper‘s practice on display.

A number of works by Nici Cumpston were included in a major exhibition titled In the Balance: Art for a Changing World at Sydney’s Musuem of Contemporary Art from September – November.

Simone Eisler featured in an article in PhotoFile. ARTlink also featured Simone in a 2010 issue.

2009 NEWS wrap

Congratulations went to Andrew Seward for being shortlisted for the 2009 Dobell Drawing Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW .

The Armoured Forest, an installation of ancient trees, antler-nests and hooded cloaks by Simone Eisler was launched in Brisbane in November as part of the ARC Bienial.

An article on Paula do Prado‘s practice featured in the February issue of Textile Fibre Forum. In addition to this, Paula was awarded the TAFTA (The Australian Forum for Textile Arts) award in December.

2008 NEWS wrap

Gallerysmith opened its doors with great fanfare to a large audience on Friday June 6, 2008. For the inaugural exhibition, Gallerysmith Director Marita Smith selected Sydney painter Monika Behrens series Hush Rehearsal: Rehearsing the Australian History Wars for the main gallery, plus a series of hand-coloured photographs by Barkintji artist Nici Cumpston and a grouping of large cyanotypes by Melbourne artist Andrew Seward. The gallery was officially opened by Dr Henry Reynolds, author and historian who has written many books on the Australian History Wars.

The first exhibition of 2008 was followed in quick succession by solo shows by Simone Eisler, Tony Albert, Siri Hayes, Lynda Draper and Alexandre Prado. Guest speakers in 2008 included Vernon Ah Kee, Jason Smith and Destiny Deacon.

Simone Eisler was selected to participate in a French-curated exhibition Revenge of Genres,  at La Cite’ Internationale des Arts in Paris.

The National Gallery of Australia in Canberra acquired four etchings by Monika Behrens from her Silent Bang series.
Seven Andrew Seward cyanotypes were installed in the permanent collection gallery at the National Gallery of Victoria, Ian Potter Centre.

Ballarat Fine Art Gallery acquired a significant series of 170 drawings by Andrew Seward. These works were included in their exhibition titled Out of Many, One in May. Andrew also featured in a beautifully curated exhibition at the Leigh Scott Gallery, Bailleu Library, Melbourne University titled Sowing a Seed, in November.

A collaborative artists’ book by Theo Strasser and Peter Lyssiotis was shortlisted for the New Social Commentary prize at the Warrnambool Art Gallery. Adam Norton was also shortlisted for this award.

The September 08 edition of Ceramics Art and Perception included a six-page feature on Lynda Draper. The feature previewed a number of works from her planned exhibition at Gallerysmith for 2010.