This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

Muted, Geometric Paintings by Bec Smith

Art

Melbourne-based artist Bec Smith has been practicing art and design for over 20 years. A UX designer by trade, Bec is also known for her distinctive geometric paintings, which have gathered a loyal following in recent years. This latest show at Saint Cloche gallery in Paddington was created while Bec was staying in an off-grid 1970s stone cottage in the Victorian bushland! The works explore the experience of sinking below – of feeling ‘sub’ – secondary, less, underneath.

Sub opens October 16th at Saint Cloche in Paddington NSW, and ventures beneath the surface. Bec gently subverts expectations around vulnerability and the power that can be found in these quiet moments.

16th October, 2019

Bec Smith with her new exhibition ‘Sub’ at Saint Cloche. Photo – Daniel Mahon.

‘Peace On The Side Of The George’  by Bec Smith. Photo – courtesy Saint Cloche.

‘Shimmy Around The Quarry’  by Bec Smith. Photo – courtesy Saint Cloche.

‘Things We Can Still Touch Through Time’  by Bec Smith. Photo – courtesy Saint Cloche.

‘The View From Here Makes Me See Things Closer’  by Bec Smith. Photo – courtesy Saint Cloche.

‘I Potentially Know Exactly Where We Are’  by Bec Smith. Photo – courtesy Saint Cloche.

‘Set Among The Foundations’  by Bec Smith. Photo – courtesy Saint Cloche.

‘Dissonant Spaces Make Me Sing’ by Bec Smith. Photo – courtesy Saint Cloche.

‘A Continuum Of The Present Moment’ by Bec Smith. Photo – courtesy Saint Cloche.

‘Greeting From Somewhere We Used To Know’  by Bec Smith. Photo – courtesy Saint Cloche.

Miriam McGarry
Wednesday 16th October 2019

Artist Bec Smith created her latest body of work while staying in an off-grid 1970s stone cottage. Nestled in Victorian bushland, the property sat up above an expansive valley, which prompted Bec to think about heights, depths, vantage points, and the hidden power of the world beneath the surface. Her work partly reflects on this human desire to extract value from beneath the earth, and the hidden riches that we exploit from the landscape.

The artist connects the geography of landscape with her navigation of more personal emotions and experiences. Bec explains ‘I considered just how much individual inner, personal “gold” could be drawn upon, by simply acknowledging and believing in its quiet limitless existence. And how some things that may remain conserved and undisturbed are in fact more powerful than we could ever know.’

We love the distinctly muted palette of Bec’s work, balanced with her minimalist, clean lines, and expert control of shape and form.

If you’re in Sydney, join Bec at Saint Cloche in Paddington tonight, October 16th from 6pm-8pm to celebrate the opening of Sub!

Sub by Bec Smith  
Opening Night Wednesday October 16th, 6-8pm 
Exhibition runs October 16 – 27th
Saint Cloche Gallery 
37 MacDonald St
Paddington, New South Wales

This Week

Art

Painting Birdsong With Nyangulya Katie Nalgood

The bright and brilliant exhibition ‘Jalmarra-jarti, All the birds have wings’ at Paul Johnstone Gallery, Darwin.
Miriam McGarry

News

Shop All Your Favourite Ceramicists This Weekend At The Melbourne Ceramics Market!

Our favourite ceramics event is happening again November 16-17. 
Amelia Barnes

Homes

Morocco Meets Mallorca... In Melbourne!

Interior architect Georgia Ezra shares her renovated Spanish Mission style family home in Caulfield.

Food

Julia Busuttil Nishimura's Eggplant Parmigiana

A crowd-pleasing silky, cheesy, vegetarian main dish. Best served shared!
Julia Busuttil-Nishimura

Creative People

Our Art Director Shares 6 Groundbreaking Creatives From Adobe MAX 2019!

From Sesame Street's creative director and Wes Anderson's graphic designer, our Art Director Annie Portelli shares her highlights from the a...
Annie Portelli
  6 hours ago

Architecture

A Serenely Minimal Toorak Family Home

Elegance meets practicality in the SLD Residence by Davidov Architects.
Amelia Barnes

Art

The Life Of Flowers, Captured In A New Photographic Exhibition

Explore the beauty of impermanence in photographer Victoria Zschommler's exhibition ‘About A Day’, opening this week in Fitzroy.
Miriam McGarry
  9 hours ago

Shopping

Lygon Street Nursery's MASSIVE New Indoor Jungle!

Melbourne's newest horticulture, plant and landscaping store opens its doors.
Miriam McGarry
  17 hours ago

Architecture

Cuckoo Clock Meets Modern Edwardian Home!

Rara Architecture and Interior Design creates a new Edwardian-inspired, Footscray home.
Miriam McGarry

Interiors

A Fashion Blogger’s Stylish Tamarama Apartment

Decus Interiors overhauls the Tamarama apartment of Carmen Hamilton, founder of Chronicles of Her.
Amelia Barnes

News

Hothaus Glassblowing Studio's Open Day Market!

Help TDF Collect artist Amanda Dziedzic celebrate her new studio space in Melbourne and pick up some unique pieces to raise funds for a furn...
Miriam McGarry

Architecture

A Tiny Barn Addition To A Coastal Family Home

See inside this creative extension of a NSW Central Coast family home by Fabric Architecture.
Amelia Barnes

TDF Collect

TDF Collect Presents 'Colourscapes' By Amanda Dziedzic

A new exhibition of striking sculptural glass forms, inspired by the spectacular trophies created for our TDF Design Awards!

News

Pop + Scott Launches Their New Lighting Collection (And You're Going To Want Them All)

The Australian furniture label adds an earthy collection to their line of 70s inspired woven lighting pendants.
Amelia Barnes
  6 hours ago

Vegetable Garden

A Suburban Backyard Turned Thriving Permaculture Garden

Ben Shaw's permaculture garden is an edible paradise in the heart of suburbia.
Georgina Reid

View Comments

Similar Stories

2:22

We, The Brave

From Fashion To Art Startup, With Kitty Clark Of Saint Cloche

From high-flying fashion buyer to starting her own art gallery, Kitty Clark shares her story of taking the leap! In partnership with MYOB.

Art

Evi O Harnesses Colour As Her Superpower!

Saint Cloche Gallery make their debut at Sydney Contemporary, with ‘Fantasia’ by Sydney artist Evi O.

Exhibition

A Mid-Century Mash-Up Exhibition At Saint Cloche

The ‘MCM’ exhibition combines the stunning work of Natalie Rosin and Emma Lipscombe in Sydney.
Miriam McGarry

This Week

News

Pop + Scott Launches Their New Lighting Collection (And You're Going To Want Them All)

The Australian furniture label adds an earthy collection to their line of 70s inspired woven lighting pendants.
Amelia Barnes
  6 hours ago

Homes

Morocco Meets Mallorca... In Melbourne!

Interior architect Georgia Ezra shares her renovated Spanish Mission style family home in Caulfield.

Art

Painting Birdsong With Nyangulya Katie Nalgood

The bright and brilliant exhibition ‘Jalmarra-jarti, All the birds have wings’ at Paul Johnstone Gallery, Darwin.
Miriam McGarry

News

Hothaus Glassblowing Studio's Open Day Market!

Help TDF Collect artist Amanda Dziedzic celebrate her new studio space in Melbourne and pick up some unique pieces to raise funds for a furn...
Miriam McGarry

Creative People

Our Art Director Shares 6 Groundbreaking Creatives From Adobe MAX 2019!

From Sesame Street's creative director and Wes Anderson's graphic designer, our Art Director Annie Portelli shares her highlights from the a...
Annie Portelli
  6 hours ago

Food

Julia Busuttil Nishimura's Eggplant Parmigiana

A crowd-pleasing silky, cheesy, vegetarian main dish. Best served shared!
Julia Busuttil-Nishimura

Architecture

A Tiny Barn Addition To A Coastal Family Home

See inside this creative extension of a NSW Central Coast family home by Fabric Architecture.
Amelia Barnes

Art

The Life Of Flowers, Captured In A New Photographic Exhibition

Explore the beauty of impermanence in photographer Victoria Zschommler's exhibition ‘About A Day’, opening this week in Fitzroy.
Miriam McGarry
  9 hours ago

News

Shop All Your Favourite Ceramicists This Weekend At The Melbourne Ceramics Market!

Our favourite ceramics event is happening again November 16-17. 
Amelia Barnes

TDF Collect

TDF Collect Presents 'Colourscapes' By Amanda Dziedzic

A new exhibition of striking sculptural glass forms, inspired by the spectacular trophies created for our TDF Design Awards!

Architecture

Cuckoo Clock Meets Modern Edwardian Home!

Rara Architecture and Interior Design creates a new Edwardian-inspired, Footscray home.
Miriam McGarry

Interiors

A Fashion Blogger’s Stylish Tamarama Apartment

Decus Interiors overhauls the Tamarama apartment of Carmen Hamilton, founder of Chronicles of Her.
Amelia Barnes

Architecture

A Serenely Minimal Toorak Family Home

Elegance meets practicality in the SLD Residence by Davidov Architects.
Amelia Barnes

Vegetable Garden

A Suburban Backyard Turned Thriving Permaculture Garden

Ben Shaw's permaculture garden is an edible paradise in the heart of suburbia.
Georgina Reid

Shopping

Lygon Street Nursery's MASSIVE New Indoor Jungle!

Melbourne's newest horticulture, plant and landscaping store opens its doors.
Miriam McGarry
  17 hours ago

Similar Stories

2:22

We, The Brave

From Fashion To Art Startup, With Kitty Clark Of Saint Cloche

From high-flying fashion buyer to starting her own art gallery, Kitty Clark shares her story of taking the leap! In partnership with MYOB.

Art

Evi O Harnesses Colour As Her Superpower!

Saint Cloche Gallery make their debut at Sydney Contemporary, with Evi O's ‘Fantasia’.

Exhibition

A Mid-Century Mash-Up Exhibition At Saint Cloche

The ‘MCM’ exhibition combines the stunning work of Natalie Rosin and Emma Lipscombe in Sydney.
Miriam McGarry