Gemma Smith - Shard 2011. Image courtesy: the artist and Sarah Cottier Gallery

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Celebrated Sydney artist, Gemma Smith’s new milestone exhibition Rhythm Sequence is currently on display at UNNSW Galleries. The exhibition is the first career survey exhibition by the critically acclaimed abstract painter, who has featured in more than 100 exhibitions, including large scale public artworks. 

Reflecting the artists enduring interest, Rhythm Sequence delves into the very act of painting, obsession with colour and experimentation with the language of painting. The exhibition includes works from 2003, right up to the present and sees 10 large scale paintings never before seen in Sydney. The exhibition celebrates Smith’s iconic reworking of abstract codes and styles, as well as testing colour and form. Featuring over 50 works of paintings, sculptured ‘boulders’ and ‘adaptables’ where colours are reconfigured. 

In her early career, Smith worked as a gallery attendant where she would watch people looking at art, which led to influencing her to the art-making practice where she creates art that makes people pay attention to detail. 

Rhythm Sequence is open for viewing for a limited time, so make sure you pop down to the UNSW Galleries for your free look into Gemma Smith’s amazing creations.

Until Jun 1. UNSW Galleries, Cnr of Oxford St and Greens Rd, Paddington. FREE. Info:


By Riley Hooper