About the Artist
Tony Smibert AM is a singular voice in traditional, minimal and abstract art - a painter whose work blends eastern and western traditions. He is internationally recognised for the distinct art he creates in his studio in Tasmania, Australia.
Smibert's training began at the National Gallery of Victoria Art School in the 1960s under John Brack. Now also a Visiting Artist Researcher at Tate Britain, he continues to draw inspiration from the Great Masters of the Golden Age of British Watercolour. This traditional approach, combined with 50 years practicing the Japanese martial art of Aikido, has greatly informed his artistic expression. The discipline, harmony and spatial concepts of Aikido are ever-present in his work.
Perhaps what is most striking about Smibert's art is its range; from traditional watercolours and minimal landscapes, to large abstracted acrylic works on canvas, drawing on traditional methods while simultaneously stepping into new areas of artistic expression, and creating art that is entirely his own.
After more than 60 solo exhibitions, Smibert paintings are held in public, private and corporate collections around the world. He is also widely published and in 2016 was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). Tony Smibert and his wife, artist Carmel Burns, have lived and worked from their studios in northern Tasmania for 35 years. Their studios and gallery welcome visitors by appointment.
A major survey, Smibert and Turner, is scheduled for Tasmania’s Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery from March-October 2020.