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Malimup Headland (1976) Guy Grey-Smith AM

Oil on hardboard


Guy Grey-Smith’s life was devoted to art, with many of his works emphasising his connection to the Western Australian landscape. He pioneered modernism in Western Australia and was regarded as one of the most significant artists in the 21st Century. His abstract painting of Malimup Headlands, located in the South West, is a great example, with the strong and rich vibrant colours used to form a deep connection to the land and highlight its cultural significance. Grey-Smith’s interpretation of connection in his works is a well-known trait with local audiences. Many of his subjects extend from the oppressive, parched landscapes of the Pilbara, to the lush karri forests around Pemberton.

The painting, part of the Edith Cowan University's art collection, the artwork has been generously loaned to the WA Parliament and is on display in the President's Corridor. Visitors may view the painting by joining one of the monthly art tours of Parliament House.

Guy Grey-Smith is considered one of Australia’s most important post-war artists. He served as a RAF Officer during the second world war and began painting as a prisoner of war in Germany. In 1947, he was relinquished of his RAF commission due to medical reasons and later pursued his career as an artist, until his death in 1981. His work is represented in all state galleries, the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, and other public and private collections in Australia, Britain and the United States of America.

Painting by Guy Grey-Smith AM entitled Malimup Headland