Friday, June 21, 2013

It's not everyday you loose a true Master

I just found out that Jeffrey Smart died.
Often imitated by professional illustrators and paint students alike; Smart has been a prime influence on my (these days meager) artistic output. Smart is easily one of the most influential Australian painters and his flat , still, detailed urban landscapes are constantly reflected in our visual culture. (In the same tangential ways that we also reference De Chirco and Magritte in our zeitgeist)
Smart's work tackled with a realization that the larger Australian culture has still been almost incapable of doing even to this date; that we are an extremely urban nation.