Jeffrey Smart

Jeffrey Smart

by Barry Pearce

Publication Date: 01/10/2006

Jeffrey Smart is without doubt one of the most outstanding Australian painters of the modern age. Over the past five decades he has produced a body of work which reflects and comments on modern life in an instantly recognizable style. This sumptuously produced book documents both the life and work of Jeffrey Smart from the earliest works to the most recently completed paintings. Proudly published by The Beagle Press, Australias foremost independent publisher of fine art books. The perceptive text by Barry Pearce, 256 pages, and more than 160 full-colour plates and photographs make this the most extensive and definitive work ever published on this iconic Australian artist.
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Barry Pearce

Barry Pearce was born in 1944 in Adelaide, where he was educated, and began his art museum career at the Art Gallery of South Australia. From 1969 he lived in London, where he studied at the British Museum's Department of Prints and Drawings as a Harold Wright Scholar.

On his return to Australia in 1975 he was appointed the first Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Art Gallery of South Australia; two years later he became Curator of Paintings at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. In 1978 he was appointed Curator of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and later became Head Curator of Australian Art.

Over three decades there he has curated many exhibitions, including major retrospectives of the work of Sali Herman, Elioth Gruner, John Passmore, Donald Friend, Arthur Boyd, Brett Whiteley, Margaret Olley, Charles Conder, Sidney Nolan and Justin O'Brien, among others, each accompanied by publications which remain definitive texts in their field. He has written many other essays on aspects of Australian art for magazines, journals and catalogues, has lectured extensively, and has acted as an ambassador of Australian art in connection with various international projects.

Barry Pearce's most recent books with The Beagle Press are a monograph on Michael Johnson, a new edition of his book on Jeffrey Smart, and a new book on Margaret Olley. He retired from the Art Gallery of New South Wales in early 2011 but remains affiliated as its inaugural Emeritus Curator of Australian Art.

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