" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

June 22, 2013

Jeffrey Smart Passes Away in Italy Aged 91

Off Brindisi 1985. In his autobiography Not Quite Straight there is a photo of a very young Jeffrey on a very similar boat. It must be a childhood memory.

"Internationally acclaimed Australian-born artist Jeffrey Smart has died in Italy aged 91.
The Adelaide-born artist, who was known for his precise, stark urban landscapes, trained in Australia and Europe and was living in Italy.
He is known for finding the beauty in ordinary objects, and for his fearless colour palette.
"I've got no message. All I want to do is paint a beautiful picture, that's all," he once said."
Australian-born artist Jeffrey Smart dies in Italy aged 91
Self-portrait at Papini’s 1984-85
Jeffrey Smart
Jeffrey Smart, The Holiday Resort, 1946 oil on canvas
The Oil Drums 1992
Bruce Beresford and Jeffrey Smart at Arezzo in Tuscany Italy 2009. 
Photo: Bruce Beresford

73 41710 - Jeffrey Smart 'Corrugated Gioconda' 1976

Playground at Mondragone 1998
Labyrinth 2011: Will we ever find our way?
Keswick siding (1945), by Jeffrey Smart
Artist Jeffrey Smart at his studio home in Italy
Jeffrey Smart painting his last work, Labyrinth in 2011


  1. These paintings are fantastic! He left behind a legacy.

  2. I didn't know of Jeffrey Smart but I like his style of painting.

  3. @Mike
    Funny thing is that I hadn't heard of him either until I saw he had passed away.
    There is so much water so close to home,as they say.