6 facts about Jeffrey Smart

By Gwylym Owen

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Frank Jeffrey Edson Smart AO (26 July 1921 – 20 June 2013) was an expatriate Australian painter known for his precisionist depictions of urban landscapes that are “full of private jokes and playful allusions”.

Smart was born and educated in Adelaide where he worked as an Art teacher. After departing for Europe in 1948 he studied in Paris at La Grande Chaumière, and cutting edge at the Académie Montmartre below Fernand Léger. He returned to Australia 1951, living in Sydney, and began exhibiting frequently in 1957. In 1963, he moved to Italy. After a booming exhibition in London, he bought a rural property called “Posticcia Nuova” near Arezzo in Tuscany. He resided there taking into consideration his assistant until his death.

His autobiography, Not Quite Straight, was published in 1996. A major retrospective of his works travelled re Australian art galleries 1999–2000.

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