PICADOR CLOTHES RACK

JOHN SMITH, PICADOR CLOTHES RACK, 1994

LAMINATED BLACKWOOD, CAST ALUMINIUM, GOLD PLATED BRONZE
2100(H) x 600(W) x 2100(D) mm Donated by the Artist, 2006

THE WORK

“The Picador Coat Rack was one of a series of works developed from an Australia Council residency in Barcelona in 1992.  The structure of the form is essentially a skeletal interpretation of a bull (from the Spanish bull fighting tradition) - a kind of sad lament to the fate of the bull.”

THE DESIGNER

John Smith studied Furniture Design at High Wycombe College of Technology and Art. In 1970 he emigrated to Hobart with his wife Penny, a noted ceramicist, to establish a new Centre for Furniture Design at the Tasmanian School of Art (now a part of the University of Tasmania).

The Centre for Furniture Design was to become a highly active locus for Tasmanian design and was widely acclaimed as the premier program of furniture design in Australia. John continued his own design work, undertaking many private and public commissions. John has been an effective advocate for design, serving on the boards of numerous design, industry and educational organisations including the Visual Arts and Crafts Board and the Design Committee of the Australia Council. A founding member of the Australian Academy of Design, he was one of the original members of the FDA (Furniture Designers Association).

Born: 1948, Chesterfield England, migrated to Australia, 1970.

Training: Pre-Diploma of Art, Chesterfield School of Art, 1967. Bachelor of Fine Arts (Furniture), High Wycombe College of Art and Technology, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom, 1969.

Represented: Powerhouse Museum Sydney, National Gallery of Victoria, Tasmania Museum and Art Gallery, Parliament House Canberra.