Peter Smets, Milko, 2019. Oil on canvas, 110 x 140cm. Courtesy: the artist and Anthea Polson Art, Main Beach.
Peter Smets’ new body of work continues the theme of obsolescence. Perhaps as an embodiment of such, the recurring motif of the old man is again present – his back turned from the new technology world. He is now so tiny in the scheme of things as to be almost indiscernible. Twilight has fallen and a curious hush suffuses the sites.
The mood of these paintings is facilitated by Smets’ mastery of perspective. Illusions of deep space are created through diminishing size relationships and variances in colour intensity.
Exhibition opens: 2-5pm Saturday 27 April 2019