Nicola Smith

Nicola Smith

Nicola Smith’s work interrogates the referential relationship between cinema and painting, reproducing individual film frames with a deliberate yet gentle infatuation. Previous bodies of work have considered the films of Buster Keaton, Jean-Louis Barrault, Claudia Weil and, since 2015, the removed, aesthetically spare work of Structuralist filmmaker Chantal Akerman. Smith’s delicate oil paintings, which have also depicted urban and natural landscapes, explore the processes of painting, the very act of looking, and the frisson between motion and stillness. The isolation and reiteration of distinct scenes in serial bodies of work, installed in roughly chronological order but still removed from their larger sequential context, results in a very particular form of attention. 

Smith has exhibited locally and internationally, and undertaken numerous residencies across Australia, Canada and America. In 2015, she was shortlisted for the prestigious NSW Emerging Visual Arts Fellowship and exhibited in the finalist exhibition at Artspace, Sydney. Notable group exhibitions include Painting. More Painting, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne (2016), and the Redlands Konica Art Prize, curated by Mikala Dwyer, National Art School, Sydney (2016). Smith's work is held in public collections including Artbank, Australia and private collections internationally.

Selected works

    Carnations I

    Nicola Smith

    Carnations I 2019

    Carnations II

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    Carnations II 2019

    I spilled all the sugar on the letters on the floor (Je tu il elle) 10

    Nicola Smith

    I spilled all the sugar on the letters on the floor (Je tu il elle) 10 2020

    'So why did you leave?' (In the hammock)

    Nicola Smith

    'So why did you leave?' (In the hammock) 2018

    I waited for something to happen (Je tu il elle) 4

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    I waited for something to happen (Je tu il elle) 4 2020

    I spilled all the sugar on the letters on the floor (Je tu il elle) 1

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    I spilled all the sugar on the letters on the floor (Je tu il elle) 1 2020

    A tree and a house II (Peterborough)

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    A tree and a house II (Peterborough) 2006

    House, big tree and shadow (Peterborough)

    Nicola Smith

    House, big tree and shadow (Peterborough) 2006

Exhibitions

  • Almost

    Almost

    Maria CruzJulie FragarMatthys GerberChristopher HanrahanLucina LaneTodd McMillanSarah MoscaJonny NiescheJohn NixonJan van der PloegElizabeth PulieKoji RyuiGemma SmithNicola SmithJelena TeleckiBrendan Van HekOliver Wagner

    10 September - October 9, 2021

  • Group Show 46

    Group Show 46

    John ArmlederMatthys GerberChristopher HanrahanLucina LaneNicola SmithJohn SpiteriKoji RyuiOliver Wagner

    5 February - March 6, 2021

  • I waited for something to happen

    Nicola Smith

    I waited for something to happen

    14 November - December 19, 2020

  • APPARITION

    APPARITION

    Maria CruzAnthony JohnsonLucina LaneTodd McMillanSarah MoscaJonny NiescheHuseyin SamiTony SchwensenGemma SmithNicola SmithJelena TeleckiBrendan Van Hek

    21 May - June 20, 2020

  • New Hampshire 2006

    Nicola Smith

    New Hampshire 2006

    14 February - March 16, 2019

  • Girlfriends

    Nicola Smith

    Girlfriends

    23 June - July 21, 2018

  • A Whole Night

    Nicola Smith

    A Whole Night

    20 April - May 20, 2017

  • Spring 1883

    Spring 1883

    Gemma SmithBrendan Van HekSarah MoscaJoyce HinterdingJonny NiescheMatthys GerberEsther StewartChristopher HanrahanNicola Smith

    17 - August 21, 2016

  • La Captive

    Nicola Smith

    La Captive

    3 March - April 2, 2016

  • Spring 1883

    Spring 1883

    Gemma SmithBrendan Van HekEsther StewartJulie FragarHuseyin SamiJonathan ZawadaElizabeth PulieKoji RyuiMatthys GerberNicola SmithJohn NicholsonTodd McMillanJustin TrendallAndreas Reiter Raabe & Franz West

    10 - September 12, 2015

  • SLEEP

    SLEEP

    Nicola SmithJustin TrendallChristopher Hanrahan

    30 July - August 29, 2015