Shifts in Tone – An Exhibition by Gregory R. Smith
With his 41st solo exhibition fast approaching, it’s great to see Melbourne based artist Gregory R. Smith adding yet another significant prize to his extensive list of accolades. This time taking out the prestigious Diana Gibson Best Oil Painting award at the 2017 Bacchus Marsh Rotary Art Show.
Now in its 47th year, the Art Show is an important event in the art calendar and attracts artists from all around Australia. The judging this year was conducted by Rebecca Edwards, a curator at The National Gallery of Victoria.
Greg’s winning entry “Still Life with Rembrandt Print” is a beautiful work featuring an ornately framed painting of a Rembrandt work titled “The Polish Rider”. Greg’s mastery of oil and chiaroscuro are on display in this complex and challenging composition.
Greg’s level of skill reflects a lifetime of commitment and dedication and his achievements have been recognised by over 170 Art Awards. Working exclusively with oils, his subject matter spans still life studies, landscapes and portraiture.
An Honorary Life Member and past president of the Victorian Artists Society, Greg has also established himself as a highly successful art teacher over the past 28 years. Having originally studied under Graham Moore, Shirley Bourne and Maxwell Wilks, Greg has refined his own style and firmly believes that true light and colour can only be achieved by painting from life. He reinforces this belief through his classes, tutorials and plein air painting sessions. Always generous with his time and knowledge, Greg continues to help many aspiring artists develop their skills.
Each year Greg holds his main solo exhibition at the Victorian Artists Society Galleries in Albert Street, East Melbourne. Attending one of Greg’s solo exhibitions is always a joy. His works are highly sought after and there is a sense of excitement in joining in to view his latest works and marvel at his skills.
This year’s event, titled ‘Shifts in Tone’, features over 120 of Greg’s most recent works and reflects his continuing dedication to oil and masterful use of light. It’s an exhibition not to be missed. The official opening is on Friday 1st September starting at 7pm. Come along, view Greg’s amazing collection of new artworks, and join him for some light refreshments.
A previewing is available from noon on Thursday, 31st August and the exhibition will continue until noon on the 19th September 2017.
Further details are available via the Victorian Arts Society website
www.victorianartistssociety.com.au/exhibitions/exhibition/shifts-in-tone-gregory-smith . A selection of Greg’s earlier works are also available on OzArt Finder www.ozartfinder.com/artists/gregory-r-smith/ as well as details of his winning entry at Bacchus Marsh www.bacchusmarshrotary.org.au/art-show.html