Australian artist Jeffrey Smart was a force of nature who became one of Australia’s most respected artists through his ability to see beauty in the mundane.
Smart, who died in Italy aged 91, is one of the country’s most collected artists and his works command more than $1 million each.
He rose to prominence with his depictions of often stark urban environments, shunning traditional Australian landscapes in favour of satellite dishes, apartment buildings and even motorways.
National Gallery of Victoria director Tony Ellwood said Smart was one of the nation’s greatest figurative painters and left behind a great legacy that would be enjoyed forever.
“Throughout his 50 year career, he produced a remarkable body of work that not only made him very popular to an Australian audience, but he also maintained a deep level of respect and appreciation amongst art historians and academics,” he said.
But it was not always so.
Smart began his art