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

Bridge and Echo

2017 \ Oil on board \ 110x91cm

Darkness Yielding

2020 \ Oil on polyester canvas \ 122 x 125cm

Drifting Away

2013 \ Oil on board \ 90x98cm


2021-22 \ Oil on polyester canvas \ 180 x 155cm

The Little Lion

2013 \ Oil on board \ 70x62cm


2017 \ Oil on board \ 90x87cm

\ News


N\H Finalists - 2024 Archibald and Sulman Prizes

7 June 2024

Congratulations to Nanda\Hobbs artists—Yoshio Honjo, Nicola Higgins, Caroline Zilinsky, Kirsty Neilson and Ben Smith who are all Archibald finalists, and Katherine Hattam and Nick Santoro who are selected for the Sulman Prize. 

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\ Exhibitions featuring Ben Smith

Ben Smith

Ascendency—love over strife

2 March — 19 February 2022

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

Contact Us

to find out more about Ben Smith.

12 - 14 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2008
Opening Hours
Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm Saturday, 11am - 4pm Closed Public Holidays (and Easter Saturday)