November 2018: Lauder and Howard, one of Australia’s leading fine art and antique dealers, is pleased to announce the first Hobart exhibition of new works by Andrea J Smith from 6th December 2018 – 20th January 2019 at their 185 Campbell Street, Hobart gallery.
Andrea J. Smith is an Australian artist who lives in Rome and is affectionately called Persephone by her Italian friends as she disappears every winter! The mystery is neatly solved by the fact that, like Persephone, she follows the sun down to Australia every southern summer.
Perhaps more than coincidental is the symbolism of Persephone’s relationship to the seasons, for not only does Andrea follow the light around the world, her still life works feature fruit, flowers and vegetables all bought from her local seasonal market behind Piazza Navona in Rome. Her regular suppliers know her style and call out, “bello o buono” as she fossicks for the perfect artichoke. Some produce is crying out to be the subject of a painting – bello – whilst others destined for her talents as a cook – buono!
Andrea’s style manages to straddle the contemporary, minimalist, almost abstracted schools whilst using traditional object and techniques. Painting only with natural light, she views her still life work as portraits, and almost autobiographical. Whilst her portraits of local characters and friends continue the tradition of Renaissance painters of putting ordinary people in an extraordinary light.
From producing pastel sketches for tourists in Florence when she first arrived in the 1990’s, her work has been exhibited in Florence, Rome, New York, London and Melbourne and is in major collections in the US, Italy and Australia. From her apartment just up from the Spanish Steps, which happens to be above Antonio Canova’s last studio, and her studio located where Wyler’s “Roman Holiday” was filmed, she has painted a series of works of rare beauty that we are thrilled to be presenting.
“Smith’s portraits and still lifes demonstrate a solid grounding in old master techniques. But, while some contemporary traditionalists advocate isolation from the modernist legacy, she balances classical forms with elements of abstraction and emphatically vigorous paint-handling.”
– American Arts Quarterly
For more information about Andrea’s work please see her website: http://andreajsmith.com/
For more information about the exhibition: firstname.lastname@example.org