P e t e r S m e e t h
I work mainly as a portrait painter and, in this capacity, aim to capture the likeness and personality of the subject, as well as the light on objects and surfaces, in an attempt to make the subject appear real and alive.
In my general art practice, I concentrate mostly on realism but also enjoy painting in other styles and in most media. I try to provide viewers with something they can appreciate, such as the depiction of beauty in people and everyday objects, complex narrative works or more sinister and macabre works to evoke other emotions. After painting full time now for 5 years, I consider my basic apprenticeship nearly over and am now ready to embark on the real learning to find my own artistic style and character.
After attending Yanco Agricultural High School, Peter Smeeth studied Medicine at the University of Sydney from 1966 to 1971. His residency years were spent at Royal North Shore Hospital and Canberra Hospital before he relocated to the The Entrance, on the Central Coast of New South Wales, where he worked as a General Practitioner for 34 years until changing to full-time art practice in 2008.
He has been a finalist in many national art competitions, including the Archibald Prize (2006, 2007, 2010, 2017); Archibald Salon des Refusés (2004, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2016); Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (2002, 2004, 2009, 2018); Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award (2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2016, 2018); Black Swan Prize (2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016) and the Kilgour Prize (2009, 2015, 2018).
Smeeth was awarded the Holding-Redlich Prize in the Archibald Salon des Refusés in 2008, the Mortimore Prize in 2010, the Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, in 2011 and the Archibald Packing Room Prize in 2017.
Among his numerous exhibitions was a solo retrospective, Peter Smeeth Portraits, at Gosford Regional Gallery in 2015.
Elected a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute in 2005, he is a Fellow of the Royal Art Society, a member of Portrait Artists Australia and a signature member of the Portrait Society of America.