VIVID, STRONG COLOURS: After spending several nights at the camp site in Wondai's Haly St, Graham W. Smith saw many memorable sunsets. He developed this oil painting, 'Dusk at Haly St', from a plein air watercolour he did in February 2019.
VIVID, STRONG COLOURS: After spending several nights at the camp site in Wondai's Haly St, Graham W. Smith saw many memorable sunsets. He developed this oil painting, 'Dusk at Haly St', from a plein air watercolour he did in February 2019. Marguerite Cuddihy

Burnett exhibition a doorway into artist's mind

IT IS common for viewers to approach artworks as if they are looking through a window into the artist's mind. For 'Burnett Beauty and Beyond', artist Graham W. Smith has turned that window into a doorway.

His work takes the viewer further into his world and perspective, each piece pushing the boundaries and playing with genre, subject matter and materials.

In his 60-odd year career, the multi-award winning artist has built a reputation for using vivid, strong colours in his 3000 artworks.

His works are predominantly vignettes of life, usually from the many countries he has visited over the course of his career.

And now he's exhibiting his works at the Wondai Regional Art Gallery.

'Burnett Beauty and Beyond' is Mr Smith's third solo exhibition in his 'Beyond' series that commenced with a month-long exhibition of 80 works in all mediums titled, 'Lockyer Valley and Beyond' at the Lockyer Regional Gallery at Gatton in May 2014. This was followed by 36 works at his 'Texas and Beyond' solo exhibition at the Texas Regional Gallery that ran for a month in October 2014. This latest exhibition at Wondai is his 20th solo show since 1993.

The series shows 14 new oils and watercolours of the Burnett region plus works from the artist's painting trips around Australia, Thailand, the United States of America, Tahiti and Italy.

Mr Smith was also a finalist in the $150,000 National Portraiture Prize and he has been flown all over the world for workshops, exhibitions, study tours and conventions.

Out of 453 art awards he has received 164 first prizes.

In 2004 he became a Master Pastellist with the Pastel Society of Australia. In 2005 he received a scholarship from the Pastel Society of America in New York. Arts Queensland provided him with a travel grant to undertake this study.

In 2015 Royal Queensland Art Society awarded him a Fellowship to the Society for his services to art.

In 2018 he was invited to exhibit at 'Fabriano in Acquarello' Watercolour Convention and his work appeared alongside 1400 paintings with artists from 70 countries in the world's largest watercolour event at Fabriano in Italy where they have been manufacturing watercolour paper for centuries.

His exhibition, 'Burnett Beauty and Beyond' will be running until Saturday, September 28.

Mr Smith will be doing free demonstrations in the Wondai Regional Art Gallery every day until Sunday, September 15 from 10am until 2pm.

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