Kate Smith


Born Cootamundra, New South Wales in 1980; currently lives and works Mangoplah, Australia.

Smith employs a vivid palette collaged with a myriad of familiar objects and although there is a joyful freshness and spontaneity, these works slowly evolve; partially worked canvases surround Smith in her studio where they sporadically demand her attention, and through multiple workings-or in her words, 'tinkering out a solution'-these accomplished paintings emerge.

Her works are imbued with visual references to Western art history and her interpretation of this is a personal one. Smith's choice of media such as patterned cloth, wood, stockings and rope, bring to the works reflections on her adolescence in rural Australia and both a playful warmth and a bravado leap off these surfaces.
Smith's paintings are sites of discovery; stylistically grounded in a historical context and overlaid with a cheeky nod to kitsch.

Smith was a studio resident at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, between 2010 and 2011, and at Artspace, Sydney, in 2011.

Selected individual exhibitions include: A Country Practice, curated by Francis Parker, Monash University Museum of Art, Switchback Gallery, Gippsland, 2013; Deep Privacy/Convex, Sutton Gallery, 2012; Teenage Boi Boi Sounds, Sutton Gallery, 2011; Dumb Sampler, Studio 12, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, 2011; Gesturing to the Chilli, db, Sydney, 2011; Minnie the Moocher, (in collaboration with Alex Vivian), The West Wing, Melbourne, 2011; Monkey makes a painting, Y3K Gallery, Melbourne, 2010; 'You're the C**T, Donut', Ocular Lab inc., Melbourne, 2010; and *tastes self*, (in collaboration with Alex Vivian), Hell Gallery, Melbourne, 2009.

Selected group exhibitions include: Do sumn', TCB, Melbourne; Collage: The Heide Collection, Heide Museum of Modern Art; Like Mike, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, St Kilda; Regimes of Value, Margaret Lawrence Gallery and The Substation, Melbourne, all 2013; The Churchie: National Emerging Art Exhibition, Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane, 2011.



Kate Smith CV 2018

Artwork by Kate Smith

Tents + Flags, 2014

acrylic on canvas on aluminium
20.5 x 40.8cm