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Jeffrey Smart, 1992

Greg Weight

gelatin silver photograph on paper (sheet: 40.4 cm x 50.4 cm, image: 32.3 cm x 45.3 cm)

A tribute to Jeffrey Smart’s role as the painter of urban isolation and atomisation, Greg Weight’s photograph of the artist – in which the sweeping curve of the tunnel offsets the vertical of the solitary, substantial figure standing on the bitumen – reprises elements of Smart’s best-known work, Cahill Expressway 1962. Not long after he painted Cahill Expressway, Smart moved permanently to Italy. In 2011, he said that might, perhaps, again be able to live in Australia, which had changed a great deal since he left, ‘but I wouldn't like living where the light is so high up in the sky. I would live in Melbourne or Tasmania where the light is lower, like it is here.’

Greg Weight opened his own photographic studio in 1968, taking advertising and magazine photographs and working with the Australian Opera and the Australian Ballet. In 1970 he was invited to work in the consciously creative venue, the Yellow House in Potts Point, Sydney, photographing its artists, installations and activities. Over the next three decades he photographed artists and their works, assembling the collection published as Australian Artists: Portraits by Greg Weight in 2004.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2004
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Accession number: 2004.98

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Greg Weight (age 46 in 1992)

Jeffrey Smart (age 71 in 1992)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

Donated by

Patrick Corrigan AM (123 portraits)

Related information

The Companion

Permanent collection catalogue

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On one level The Companion talks about the most famous and frontline Australians, but on another it tells us about ourselves: who we read, who we watch, who we listen to, who we cheer for, who we aspire to be, and who we'll never forget. The Companion is available to buy online and in the Portrait Gallery Store.

Marilyn Darling AC, 2010 Anne Zahalka
Marilyn Darling AC, 2010 Anne Zahalka
Marilyn Darling AC, 2010 Anne Zahalka
Marilyn Darling AC, 2010 Anne Zahalka

Support Crew

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2011

Portraits of philanthropists in the collection honour their contributions to Australia and acknowledge their support of the National Portrait Gallery.

John Coburn, 1987 Greg Weight
John Coburn, 1987 Greg Weight
John Coburn, 1987 Greg Weight
John Coburn, 1987 Greg Weight

101 photographic portraits

Magazine article by Michelle Fracaro, 2004

Pat Corrigan's generous gift of 100 photographic portraits by Greg Weight.

Margaret Whitlam, 2005 Sahlan Hayes
Margaret Whitlam, 2005 Sahlan Hayes
Margaret Whitlam, 2005 Sahlan Hayes
Margaret Whitlam, 2005 Sahlan Hayes

Open Air

Portraits in the Landscape

Previous exhibition, 2008

Open Air is an exhibition of portraits of Australians in environments of particular significance to them.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.