Dee Smart

\ Finalist in the 2019 Portia Geach Memorial Award, 2018 Paddington Art Prize & Semi-finalist in the 2019 Moran Portrait Prize

Lives and works in Sydney

Artist's CV

Represented by nanda\hobbs

Dee Smart's first solo show at Nanda\Hobbs, titled A Synopsis of Love, opens on November 21, 2019.  Painting directly from life, her dynamic yet intimate portraits peel away the armour of the modern world to reveal the truth, vulnerabilities and inherent strength of the sitter. Each portrait is then embellished with a historical reference to Tudor times.  The artist draws our attention to the similarities of our own age of online dating—one could say it is "Tinder for Tudors.” Smart has also brought a tongue in cheek, contemporary twist to each piece. 

Exquisitely framed by renowned framer Brett Lichtenstein, the paintings have become beautiful objects of desire. At its heart, Smart’s narrative crashes headlong into modern society's obsession with beauty, self and desire. The exhibition is an important discourse on how we wish to portray ourselves and, in doing so, our need to attract and find love in the digital age. 

Smart moved from Adelaide to Melbourne as a teenager to study ballet at the Victorian College of Arts. Further studies in acting in Sydney led to a successful career in film, television and stage. Following the birth of her first child, Smart began pursuing visual arts where a passion for life drawing led directly to a painting career that has gained significant momentum in recent years.

In 2017 and 2018, Smart was selected as a finalist in the Archibald Prize—her first two attempts. Both works achieved notoriety for their pop sensibility and dynamic palette. Her 2018 Archibald portrait was ultimately collected by one of the most prominent private collections of female artists in Australia.  She has also been a finalist in the Paddington Art Prize and, recently, the 2019 Portia Geach Memorial Award— Australia’s most important art prize for portraiture by women artists. These, along with success in other significant prizes this year, underline her rising star.  Recently, the prestigious Bennett Collection in the United States included Smart’s work in their collection, making her one of only three Australian artist to be acknowledged.

 

\ Artworks

Georgia

2019 \ Oil on board, screenprint, water gilded frame \ 60 x 55cm (framed size) \ SOLD

Jude

2019 \ Oil on board, water gilded frame \ 60 x 55cm (framed size) SOLD

Kestie

2019 \ Oil on board, screenprint, water gilded frame \ 60 x 55cm (framed size) \ SOLD

Kestie

2019 \ Acrylic faced LED light box \ Edition of 5 \ 146 x 120cm

Megan

2019 \ Oil on board, screenprint, water gilded frame \ 60 x 55cm (framed size) \ SOLD

Nakisha

2019 \ Oil on board, water gilded frame \ 60 x 55cm (framed size) \ SOLD

Pippa

2019 \ Oil on board, screenprint, water gilded frame \ 60 x 55cm (framed size) \ SOLD

\ Exhibitions featuring Dee Smart

Dee Smart

A Synopsis of Love

21 November — 14 December 2019

SPRING SHOW

Group Exhibition

10 September — 15 September 2019

Contact Us

to find out more about Dee Smart.

12 - 14 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2008
Opening Hours
9am - 5pm Monday to Friday 11am - 4pm Saturday