Sally Smart,  The Exquisite Pirate Oceania , 2006. Synthetic polymer paint and ink on canvas and fabric with collage elements and pins,  dimensions  variable. Installation view, The Ian Potter Centre: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Image courtesy of the artist and the National Gallery of Victoria. Photo: Graham Baring.

Sally Smart, The Exquisite Pirate Oceania, 2006. Synthetic polymer paint and ink on canvas and fabric with collage elements and pins,  dimensions  variable. Installation view, The Ian Potter Centre: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Image courtesy of the artist and the National Gallery of Victoria. Photo: Graham Baring.

Sally Smart

Residency: 23.09.1999 - 22.12.1999

Sally Smart (b. 1960, Quorn, South Australia) lives and works in Melbourne. Smart studied at the South Australian School of Art, Adelaide (1978–81), and gained a Post-graduate Diploma (Painting) from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne (1988) and a Master of Fine Arts, The University of Melbourne in 1991.

Smart explores a long-term interest in representations of feminine identity, both historically and from a contemporary viewpoint, and her work often draws parallels and creates linkages between the two contexts. She is particularly known for her large-scale wall assemblages that are created from processes traditionally associated with women: cutting, collage, photo-montage, staining, sewing, stitching and pinning. 

Interview with Sally Smart.  Videography by Liam Benson.

Smart has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally. She was a Trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia (2001–2008) and has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes. Smart is represented in most major galleries and collections throughout Australia and in various public and private collections internationally. 

Recent exhibitions include: Contemporary Australian: Women, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2012); No-Name Station, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (2012); The Exquisite Pirate, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London, UK (2012); Remix: Selections from the ICC, Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell, USA (2011); Flaubert’s Puppets, Postmasters Gallery New York, USA (2011); In Her Nature, Breenspace Sydney (2011),The Devil had a Daughter, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne (2011); Colourific, Postmasters Gallery, New York, USA (2011); Artworks, Deutsche Bank Collection Exhibition, Frankfurt, Germany Femmage Shadows and Symptoms McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park, Victoria (2011), (2010); Shifting Gaze, OV Gallery, Shanghai, China (2010); No Name Station, Iberia Gallery, Beijing, China (2010); Stick it! Collage in Australian Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2010);; The Exquisite Pirate, OV Gallery, Shanghai, China (2009); Zhongjian : Midway Contemporary artists from China and Australia, Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin and Xiamen (China Tour) (2009); The Exquisite Pirate, Embassy of Australia, Washington, USA (2009) Maritime: Ships, Pirates and Disasters, Contemporary Art Galleries University of Connecticut, Storrs, USA (2008); Decoy Nest, Postmasters Gallery, New York, USA (2008); The Exquisite Pirate (China Sea), Amelia Johnson Contemporary, Hong Kong, China (2008).