Peter Smeeth


Peter Smeeth studied Medicine at the University of Sydney and after working at Royal North Shore Hospital and Canberra Hospital, he spent 34 years as a family doctor in General Practice at The Entrance on the Central Coast of NSW. He changed to full-time art practice in 2008 and works as a professional portrait artist in Sydney and the Central Coast. He has drawn and painted since early childhood and always regarded his art practice as a search for excellence that continues to this day. He has a special interest in the human condition which is manifest in his portraits and figurative works and he works in most media including pencil, pastel, charcoal, watercolour, oil, acrylic and does sculptural work in plaster or bronze.

Peter Smeeth is a Fellow of the Royal Art Society of NSW, Member of the Australian Watercolour Institute and Member of Portrait Artists Australia. He has been selected as a Winner and Finalist in numerous art prizes including being Winner of Sulman Prize at Art Gallery of NSW in 2011, Winner of Packing Room Prize of the Archibald Prize in 2017, four times Archibald Prize Finalist in 2017, 2010, 2007 & 2006.

Peter Smeeth was also a Gallipoli Art Prize Finalist from 2011 to 2015, a Kilgour Prize Finalist in 2015 & 2008 and a Black Swan Prize for Portraiture Finalist in 2015, 2012, 2010 & 2009. He was also a Doug Moran National Portrait Prize Finalist in 2009, 2004 & 2002 as well as a Semi-Finalist for 3 paintings in 2015 and for 2 paintings in 2014. He was also a Finalist in the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing in 2014, 2013 & 2009 and a Mortimer Prize Winner in 2010 & 2009 as well as being a Mortimer Prize Finalist in 2013, 2012, 2009, 2008, 2007 & 2006. Peter was also selected in the Archibald Salon des Refusés at SH Erwin Gallery in 2016, 2013, 2012, 2008 & 2004. He was a Blake Prize Finalist in 2008 and was selected in the Blake Prize Director’s Cut in 2010 & 2009.

Congratulations to Peter Smeeth Winner of Packing Room Prize & Art Gallery of NSW Archibald Prize Finalist 2017

Art Atrium Exhibition Opening – Peter Smeeth