Guy Grey-Smith: Art as Life
21 March – 14 July 2014
oil on hardboard, 69.5 x 92 cm. State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Purchased 1957
Guy Grey-Smith (1916-1981) was a Western Australian artist whose challenging paintings of the Western Australian landscape secured his position as an artist of national importance in the 1960s. Featuring more than 100 works, this is the first full retrospective of the work of Grey-Smith since his death and will focus on recurrent themes and motifs to illustrate his powerful and unique contribution to the revitalisation of Australian painting in the post-war period. Running from the earliest completed paintings to his monumental landscapes of the late 1970s, and including still life and figure studies as well as works on paper and ceramics, the retrospective will give a new insight into the remarkable achievements of this determined modernist.