Fire - Saturday Night
Acclaimed master print maker loses 25 years of retrospective work ― a tragic
loss to Australian art history
29 October 2006: Acclaimed master printmaker Paul Smith has tragically lost a
life’s worth of master prints as a result of a fire at Newport Artworks Gallery
Mr Smith’s works were held in storage at the gallery in preparation for a
retrospective exhibition of 25 years worth of work of limited edition prints
representing the works of renowned Australian artists including Arthur Boyd,
Charles Blackman, Tim Storrier, David Boyd, Sali Herman, Ray Crooke, Euan
Macleod and Salvatore Zofrea.
Mr Smith has called on art collectors who have holdings of his limited edition
prints to consider loaning these masterprints so that he is able to still hold
the retrospective to be held at Tarrangaua, Lovett Bay (Dorothea Mackellar’s
house) on Saturday 18 November 2006 to be open by Euan Macleod.
Over 38 masterprints have been lost of iconic Australian artists from Arthur
Boyd to Tim Storrier with that particular collection worth over $1/2 million.
According to Mr Smith this is the last chance for Australian’s to buy their own,
affordable artwork from well-known Australian artists.
The master prints have proven to be valuable items for purchase by connoisseurs
of fine art, with many prints appreciating considerably over time.
“The loss is an absolute tragedy as Paul’s retrospective would have been the
only collection of its kinds of Australian art history. It’s a terrible personal
loss for Paul, but also a significant loss in terms of Australian art history,”
said personal friend Susan Duncan.
Newport Artworks Gallery was currently holding an exhibition of Pittwater
artists including Blake Prize nominees Dimitri Lihachov and Tracy Smith, Claire
Atkins as well as sculptors Eamon Hamilton, a former exhibitor at Sculpture by
the Sea, and Michael Kitching.