WHEN : Until 18th Aug
WHERE : Heiser Gallery
Ian Smith was born in Cairns, Queensland in 1950. In 1968 the artist began studying architecture at the University of Queensland but left the course after one year. In 1970 he travelled to live and study in Melbourne where he completed a Diploma of Art and Design at the Prahran College of Technology in 1972. Between the years 1973 to 1979 Smith lectured full time in painting and drawing at the Queensland College of Art, Brisbane. In 1979 the artist left the college to paint full time.
Jon Molvig was an Australian expressionist artist, considered a major developer of 20th century Australian expressionism. Molvig won the Archibald Prize in 1966 with a portrait of painter Charles Blackman and portraits of Molvig by artist John Rigby were hung in the Archibald in 1953 and 1959. He won many other prizes including the 1955 and 1956 Lismore Prize, 1961 Transfield Prize (City Industrial), 1963 Perth Prize (The Family), 1965 David Jones Prize (Underarm Still Life), 1966 Corio Prize (The Publican) and 1969 Gold Coast Prize (Tree of Man X). During the late fifties/early sixties Molvig held weekly, very informal, life drawing classes which were central to the Brisbane art scene at the time, and he was mentor to various emerging artists such as John Aland, Andrew Sibley, Gordon Shepherdson, Mervyn Moriarty, Joy Roggenkamp and many others.
Image : Ian Smith – Glass + Plastic, acrylic on canvas, 1971