Sue Smith (OAM) is:

Sue Smith portrait

An artist based in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia. Sue grew up in Queensland and also studied and worked in London, England. She began exhibiting her paintings in 2011, and has had success with two solo exhibitions and online. Her work has been acquired by private and public collections in Australia, including CQUniversity Australia, the QANTAS Founders Museum and the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville.
“Nature, culture and storytelling are my major aesthetic interests. My paintings are entirely imaginary scenes striving to capture atmosphere, tension and emotion while often incorporating a humourous and thoughtful narrative. I often include people and situations, nature, everyday objects and cultural items such as costumes and historic artworks in my paintings. In my recent interiors, I like the way still life settings can suggest stories, as well as ideas about who the mysterious unseen occupants of these spaces may be”.

Education:

Sue holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland and a Master of Arts from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. She has completed advanced painting courses at the Queensland College of Art, Brisbane and the CQ Institute of TAFE, Rockhampton .

Awards:

26 January, 2024: Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the arts as an artist and administrator

Selected Exhibitions

2023
Sue Smith/Margaret Worthington: Western Song Exhibition at Emerald Art Gallery, Central Highlands Regional Council, Queensland, Australia
2023 
Sue Smith won the $10,000 John Villiers Outback Art Prize – “Which way to Pine Gap, Mate?” Outback Regional Gallery, Winton, Queensland, Australia
2022
Sue Smith: Western Serenade, The Blue Mirror Gallery, 153 Auckland Street Gladstone, Queensland, Australia. 7 – 29 October 2022
2019
Highly commended Award, juried art competition, Lethbridge 20000 Small Scale Art Awards 2019, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
2017
Finalist, juried art competition, Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards 2017, Gladstone, Queensland, Australia
2014
Sue Smith: Thirty-six Views of Castle Hill, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
2011
Sue Smith: Swept Away, Walter Reid Cultural Centre, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia