Ben Smith

Born 1977
Lives and works in Sydney

Artist's CV

Ben Smith is a rare artist in his ability to combine strong classical technique with painterly abstraction and oblique narrative.

Smith’s work combines the beautiful and the unsettling, the humorous and the sincere, the banal and the uncanny. Recurring themes in his work include doubt,divergence within a personality and the search for consolation. These themes are explored using multi-layered allegory through an equally layered and expressive use of paint.

His recent work includes figures traveling through ambiguous metaphorical interiors. They are often seen on, or passing through, a somewhat otherworldly threshold.They are psyches held within a state of flux, selves undergoing transformation.

Smith has been a finalist in more than 50 established art prizes across Australia, including the Doug Moran Portrait Prize (2009, 2010) and the Sulman Prize (2010, 2011). Ben has exhibited in South Korea, Denmark, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.


\ Artworks


2020 \ Oil on polyester canvas \ 180 x 145cm


Bridge and Echo

2017 \ Oil on board \ 110x91cm

Darkness Yielding

2020 \ Oil on polyester canvas \ 122 x 125cm

Deep Calls Unto Deep

2019 \ Oil on polyester canvas \ 103 x 73cm


Drifting Away

2013 \ Oil on board \ 90x98cm

Escalator Mythology

2015 \ Oil on board \ 90x122cm


It's Hard to Relax

2012-2019 \ Oil on board \ 122 x 99cm



2017 \ Oil on board \ 122x84cm


The Little Lion

2013 \ Oil on board \ 70x62cm

Undivided Love

2020 \ Oil on polyester canvas \ 180 x 156cm



2017 \ Oil on board \ 90x87cm


2021 \ Oil on board \ 12.7 x 22.86


\ News


Ben Smith commissioned by Nick Cave for major painting

6 April 2020

In 2019 Ben Smith was commissioned by UK based Australian musician, Nick Cave to paint his portrait for his exhibition: "Stranger Than Kindness". The painting was the cover for a feature story on Nick Cave in The Sydney Morning Herald's "Spectrum" magazine on 4-5 April.

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\ Exhibitions featuring Ben Smith

9 x 5"

Group Exhibition

22 January — 6 February 2021

Summer Show

Group Exhibition

5 December — 22 December 2018

Summer Exhibition

Group Exhibition

6 December 2017 — 20 January 2018

Ben Smith


4 May — 19 May 2017

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12 - 14 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2008
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