Australian Art


  • Contemporary
  • Figurative
  • Mixed Media
  • Established

Sally Smart was born in Quorn, South Australia in 1960. She currently lives in Melbourne. Smart undertook studies at the South Australian School of Art, Adelaide before graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, with a Postgraduate Diploma (Painting) and Master of Fine Arts in 1991. Since 1984 Smart has held regular solo exhibitions throughout Australia. These include, Daughter Architect Kaliman Gallery Sydney 2002 Shadow Farm, Bendigo Art Gallery and Queensland tour (2001–02); Design Therapy Greenaway Art Gallery Adelaide 2002; Femmage, Shadows and Symptoms, Robert Lindsay Gallery, Melbourne (1998) Parameters Head : A La Ronde Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide (2000); The Unhomely Body, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide (1996) Itchy, Itchy
Robert Lindsay Gallery, Melbourne (1995); Where I come from the birds sing a pretty song, Geelong Gallery and Latrobe Regional Art Gallery, Morwell (1993–94); and Mad woman in the attic, 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne (1989).
She has also held solo exhibitions in New Zealand (2001), South America (2001), Europe (2000) and Asia (1999). Since 1986, Smart has participated in over thirty group exhibitions.
These include Fieldwork : Australian Art 1968 – 2002 The Ian Potter Centre : NGV Australia (2002 –03) Arid arcadia: art of the Flinders Ranges, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (2002); Tales of the unexpected: aspects of contemporary Australian art, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (2002); Celebrating the exquisite corpse, Bendigo Art Gallery and state tour (2000–01); Re-emplace, Earl Lu Gallery, Singapore and John Curtain Gallery, , Perth (1999); Moët & Chandon touring exhibition, national tour (1995, 1994, 1992, 1991); Skin, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide (1994); and A short ride in a fast machine, 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne (1988).
Sally Smart is represented by Kaliman Gallery, Sydney and Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide.

Select bibliography
Burke, J, ‘Anima’, Art and Australia, vol. 32, no. 3, 1995, pp. 338–43.
Chapman, C, Four Scenes, Parameters head: a la ronde, ex. cat.,
Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, 2000.
Coventry , C, X-Ray Vanitas , Sally Smart X-Ray Vanitas,
Luba Bilu Gallery, Melbourne 1989
Green, C, Itchy Itchy ex., review Art Forum New York, USA May 1996
Grishin,S, Australian Painting now, Edited Laura Murray Cree and Nevill Drury
Craftsman house Sydney 2000
Hart,D, The Uncanny, Tales of the Unexpected:aspects of contemporary Australian art, National Gallery of Australia Canberra 2002
King,A. A secret garden :the work of Sally Smart, Australian Art Monthly November, No. 75, Canberra 1994 (plus cover illustration)
Kent, R, Disturbing Narratives, Sally Smart ex.,cat., Fukuoka Art Gallery ,
Fukuoka Japan 1999
Kent, R Family Tree House ex.,cat.,Arco Project space, Madrid Spain 2000
Kunda, M, Sally Smart: Shadow Farm, ex. cat., Bendigo Art Gallery, 2001.
McDonald, D, ‘The unhomely body’, Sally Smart: the unhomely body, ex. cat., Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide, 1996, pp. 4–7.
McDonald, H, Erotic ambiguities: the female nude in art, Routledge, London, 2001, pp. 162–73.
McDonald, H, ‘Feminising the surreal’, Art and Australia, vol. 34, no. 2, 1996, pp. 202–9.
McDonald, H, ‘Where I come from the birds sing a pretty song’, ‘Where I come from the birds sing a pretty song’, ex. cat., Geelong Gallery, 1993.
Smart, S. Dora Drawer ex.,cat., Robert Lindsay Gallery Melbourne 1996
Zimmer, J, ‘Sally Smart: prosthetic parts’, Imprint, vol. 31, no. 1, 1996, pp. 7–8.


There are no opinions yet. Be the first to add your wisdom!

walking trails.

All text and images © 2004-2022