Jeffrey Smart1921 - 2013 The tilted arrow 1975
- oil on canvas
Smart's work retained a singleness of purpose throughout his career, his subject matter, style and formal concerns consistent from the 1940s to the 1980s.
Though his paintings are apparently realistic, their individual parts are assembled from different sources.
Smart's very early works were surrealistic fantasy scenes which showed an interest in TS Eliot. By the 1950s he was painting against the tide. His work became more and more controlled as abstract expressionism swept into vogue.
Source: Naomi Horridge in Janda Gooding The Song of the Lamb, exhibition catalogue, Wesfarmers Limited, 1989