​Master of Stillness: Jeffrey Smart paintings 1940 – 2011 / 12 October – 14 December 2012

Image: Master of Stillness: Jeffrey Smart paintings 1940–20112012, installation view, Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia. Photography by Sam Noonan.

Smart is Australia’s iconic master of the urban vision – his works feature industrial wastelands and concrete streetscapes with precise attention to clean lines, composition and geometry.

Internationally acclaimed expatriate South Australian artist Jeffrey Smart is one of Australia’s most important living painters. This major exhibition gives due recognition to Smart’s exceptional achievements over a long life in art, and his exemplary contribution to Australian painting.

The survey draws on a large range of works from Smart’s oeuvre, to illuminate the consistent artistic and technical qualities that animate his art, and to reveal the sustained vision that has deservedly grown his reputation over several decades.

The exhibition celebrates the artist’s special links to the University of South Australia as one of the South Australian School of Art’s most acclaimed alumni and is presented as a major component of UniSA’s 21st anniversary celebrations.

This is the perfect opportunity to bring the artist’s vision home to Adelaide where it all started as, for the first time, it is possible to define his career from beginning to end.

Read the catalogue: Master of Stillness: Jeffrey Smart paintings 1940-2011, by Barry Pearce.


Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia, acknowledges the Kaurna people as traditional custodians of the land upon which the Museum stands.