The death of precisionist painter Jeffrey Smart in June saw the demise of one of Australia’s most distinctive artists.
Famous for his urban landscapes, Smart had studies in Paris under Fernand Leger in Paris in the late 1940’s and something of the blockishness of cubism is present in his hyper realist images along with the isolated figures that you associate with Edward Hopper.
Unlike Hopper however, Smart’s figures often seem to take the hard concrete world they live in as a given.
They appear small, fragile and inconsequential amidst the concrete pillars and asphalt highways but not necessarily pensive or lost.
These images are a reminder that man’s structures however garish and brutal will in all likelihood last a longer than the people who wander round them.