This month (June 2013) Australia lost one of its all time greatest artists; Jeffrey Smart (1921 - 2013). This post is a homage to him - an openly gay man who was one of my greatest inspiring Australian painters.
Smart depictions were and still are so unique. Emblazoned with the colour and symbols of modernity and urbanisation, coupled with the desolation and isolation that often comes with it. His subjects are lost in a vast and colourful modern and somewhat surreal space - but is this room for contemplation or one of serene loneliness?
As a gay man living through a time in Australia when gay love dared not speak its name, Smart would understand easily the true meaning of isolation and lack of connection with the scape around him. No wonder he yearned for Italy so much and it is the location he chooses for his ashes.
Thank you. We love you and your incredible work Jeffrey Smart. Now and always.
Travis de Jonk, June 2013
IMAGES THAT INSPIRE shortblak.tumblr.com