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— The Tom & Karin Smyth Collection

Tom and Karin Smyth began collecting in Melbourne in the early 1960s and, over the next 20 years, built the collection on view today.  Sourced from a wide range of galleries including Tolarno, Australian, Strines, Powell Street, South Yarra, Realities and Rudy Komon, their tastes were wide and idiosyncratic – ranging from the painterly expressionism of the 50s and 60s towards colourfield and photorealism in the 70s. 

They developed a close, longstanding and vibrant relationship with Mirka Mora that was both personal and professional: whilst there were numerous lunches and dinners, Tom also commissioned a huge mural for his (medical) rooms – The Vermont Bestiary, since donated to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation.  A warm friendship also grew with Ron Upton whose work they collected in some depth, particularly his large-scale outdoor sculptures. 

In short, Tom and Karin made a collection that was very personal and unusually adventurous – and which gave them and their family great enjoyment over many decades.  


On view at Charles Nodrum Gallery, 1 - 16 May, 2021
Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 5pm (and 11-5pm Sunday 16th May)

For sale by online auction by Artmarketspace
Sunday 16 May 2021 5pm AEST at www.artmarketspace.com

Pre-register now to bid at www.artmarketspace.com or register at the viewing
For all auction enquiries: Lee Steer 0414 471 537 lee@artmarketspace.com



Since its establishment in 1984, the Charles Nodrum Gallery’s exhibition program embraces a diversity of media and styles - from painting, sculpture & works on paper to graphics and photography; from figurative, geometric, gestural, surrealist & social comment to installation & conceptually based work.