Jeffrey Smart

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At the front of the painting, man leans on a graffitied brick plinth on which sits an enormous blue twisted pipe sculpture. Just visible behind the plinth is a repeated row of apartment buildings, dominated by a cloudy sunset sky.

Jeffrey Smart
The sculptor with work in situ

Creation date: 1984–85

The sculptor with work in situ
1984–85 Tuscany, Italy
oil on canvas
99 x 119.5 cm
Private collection
© The Estate of Jeffrey Smart


There are visual links between the cursive tubes in The plastic tube, Smart’s portrait of David Malouf, and The sculptor with work in situ. In The sculptor with work in situ Smart humorously critiques contemporary art movements such as abstraction, as well as his own claims that his works were principally about abstract shapes. Here, organic looping lines have taken the place of grand, monumental statuary, creating an energised drawing against the sky.