artists represented

Grace Cossington Smith
Grace Cossington Smith
On deck, S.S. Arawa
1949
coloured pencils
13 x 22 cm
 Grace Cossington Smith (1892 – 1984) is one of Australia’s most important modernist painters. Early travels in Europe during the 1910s exposed her to post-impressionist and modernist painting, on her return she studied with Datillo Rubbo at his School in Sydney. Cossington Smith was a member of the Contemporary Group with Roland Wakelin and Roi De Maistre in Sydney in the 1920s. Her images of the city during this period are of particular significance as they depict historical events such as the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. By the 1970s Cossington Smith was recognized one of Australia’s most important living painters and was made an officer of the British Empire in 1973. Several retrospectives have since been held of her work, including 2005 National Gallery of Australia. Cossington Smith’s work is held by the National Gallery of Australia, most state and many regional galleries

REF: McCulloch’s Encyclopedia of Australian Art, Miegunyah Press, 2006, p 893