21 April – 2 May 2021
Virtual launch & Online Viewing Room: Wednesday 21st April, 5pm onwards
Meet the Artist: Saturday 24th April, 11am – 2pm
Catalogue & Price List: View PDF Catalogue (1.7 Mb)
This April, we are delighted to welcome back Sydney-based artist Luciana Smith.
Drawing from her own observations and a range of pop culture and hyper-connected references, Luciana twists her subjects into a fictional world that exists between the real and imagined. Her colourful scenes create a fresh and idiosyncratic narrative for human behaviour in a variety of environments and situations. Through painting she reimagines, and brings into sharp focus, the humour, (sometimes bordering on absurdity), of day-to-day, modern life.
Her work is an assemblage of opportunistic snapshots that re-contextualise their subjects by connecting candid, fleeting gestures with found imagery. Luciana resurrects what she observes with intrepid use of colour and a sassy, self-assuredness.
‘Hand in Hand’ is an interesting tongue-in-cheek take on motivational direction, the rich complexity of life and the things that may engage or repel.
Hand in hand relates to the duality of both opulence and depravity within the works. The push and pull between harmony and dissonance coming together to create an uncanny place where trash meets opulence and the inaesthetic and beautiful collide.
~ Luciana Smith
About Luciana Smith
Luciana Smith is a Sydney based artist who studied painting, photography and film theory at UNSW Art & Design, she has also studied and worked in the field of graphic design. Since completing a Bachelor of Fine Art/Arts at UNSWAAD in 2015, Luciana has exhibited around Australia and internationally at the Arts Inn Florence, Florence; Saint Cloche, Sydney; Innerspace Contemporary, Brisbane; Dungog Contemporary, Dungog and was selected as a finalist in the 2017 and 2018 Waverley Art Prize. Her work is held in private collections in Australia, and internationally. Most recently, Luciana was featured in The Design Files as an emerging artist to watch.