James Smeaton is a Melbourne based contemporary artist best known for his richly nuanced paintings and drawings that explore the language of abstraction, personal narrative and modalities of the sea.
Early works focussed on signs and systems of maritime communication and the imposing physical structures that dominate the waterfront on Part Phillip Bay. Smeaton’s deep affinity and connection with the Australian coastline and Indonesian Archipelago has led to his most recent practice which focuses on painterly gesture as more closely related to landscape and a firmer sense of time and place. Since 1993 Smeaton has had 19 solo exhibitions. He was twice a finalist in the Moet et Chandon Australian Art Fellowship (1991 and 1998) and the winner of the Tattersalls Contemporary Art Prize (2005). His work is represented in many Australian collections including Monash University, Deakin University, National Australia Bank, Artbank and the National Gallery of Victoria.
Smeaton’s most recent series of painting, Love letter, is featured in the upcoming online exhibition as part of the 2020 Sydney International Art Fair.