Jeffrey Smart, Australian Hyper-realist Painter, Dies at 91

Art Gallery of New South Wales
‘Alma Mahler Feeding the Birds’ by Jeffrey Smart

With his hyper-real paintings of freeways, blocks of flats and satellite dishes, Australian artist Jeffrey Smart showed us a new way to look at Australia’s cities.

Mr. Smart, who died at the age of 91 on Thursday evening, rose to prominence by painting stark urban vistas at a time when many of his peers were depicting idyllic rural landscapes or eschewing reality with abstraction.

“The subjects that he has painted, until Jeffrey came along, we took for granted,” says Stuart Purves, director of Australian Galleries, which represented Mr. Smart. “What he has done is taken the urban ugliness and turn it into something that has commanded our attention, even

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