Yve Close, Artist Joshua Smith, Artist Biography Glenn Amer




Portrait of Joshua Smith by Yve Close (oil on board)

View the Gallery of the Seven Grand Masters commissioned by the United Grand Lodge of NSW and ACT

Yve Close, Sydney born, commenced studying life drawing at The Julian Ashton Art School while still a teenager, under the guidance of Henry C. Gibbons. Twelve months at East Sydney Technical College followed until marriage and the raising of three children consumed her interests. In 1968 her life-long fascination with people led her to the Royal Art Society of NSW where, for six years, she studied portraiture with Allan Hansen, Frederick Bates, Garret Kingsley and life painting with Arthur Murch.

In 1975, although Yve was already receiving portrait commissions and carrying out painting demonstrations for art societies, she entered Joshua Smith's Lane Cove School as a student. Within one year he elevated her to the position of teacher and invited her to join him in painting murals for a Balmain church. Following this arduous six-month undertaking he asked her to become his full time associate, to work together each and every day, which led to their twenty year painting partnership.

Apart from teaching weekly at the Lane Cove School they travelled to many country centres conducting seven-day workshops. Some venues hosted their schools on numerous occasions: Bathurst (Mitchell School of Creative Arts at Charles Sturt University), Canberra (Canberra Art Workshop), Newcastle (The von Bertouch Galleries), Bowral (Oxley College), Mittagong, Kiama, Mudgee, Goulburn.

After Joshua Smith died in 1995, Yve set aside much of her painting career for three years to write a hard cover book on his life and work. Titled "Joshua Smith Artist" and published in 1999, a limited number of copies are still available from the author.

Yve Close's commissioned portraits include chancellors, vice-chancellors, army generals, academics, religious leaders, artists, professional and business people as well as men, women and children from many walks of life.


Portraits of Joshua Smith by Yve Close

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Joshua Smith


Gallery of Portraits in oil by Yve Close

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John Close

oil on board


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Gallery of Pastels

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Tony Tuck


Yve Close is represented in the following Institutions:

Marist Brothers Mother House, Rome, Italy
Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand
Australian War Memorial, Canberra
Grand Masonic Lodge, Sydney (seven portraits)
University of New England, Armidale, N.S.W. (three portraits)
University of Newcastle, N.S.W. (three portraits)
Defence Force Medical Corps Headquarters of Australia, Victoria (two portraits)
University of New South Wales
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, N.S.W.
Newcastle Region Gallery, N.S.W.
St. Joseph's College, Hunters Hill, N.S.W.
Newcastle Club, N.S.W.
Concordia Club, Stanmore, N.S.W.


Major Exhibitions:

1980: McInnes Gallery, Brisbane
1982: The Opera House, Sydney
1983: Hesley Gallery, Canberra
1984: von Bertouch Galleries, Newcastle
1987: The Woolloomooloo Gallery, Sydney
1987: von Bertouch Galleries, Newcastle
1989: von Bertouch Galleries, Newcastle (Lloyd Rees and Friends)
1998: Wagner Art Gallery, Sydney
1990: von Bertouch Galleries, Newcastle
1991: Riversdale National Trust House, Goulburn
1992: von Bertouch Galleries, Newcastle
1983: Cobb Hall, Mittagong
1993: Riversdale National Trust House, Goulburn
1994: von Bertouch Galleries, Newcastle
2005: Australian Embassy, Washington, U.S.A.
2007: Artarmon Galleries, Artarmon

1984-2003: (every year) von Bertouch Galleries "Collectors Choice", Newcastle

Major Awards:

1980: Portia Geach National Portrait Competition — Highly Commended
1990: Doug Moran National Portrait Competition — Commended

1973 -1985 Portia Geach National Portrait Competition — Finalist every year

Municipal Art Society Competitions: Numerous First, Highly Commended and Commended awards for Portraiture, Landscape and Still Life paintings.

Present Activities:

Each week Yve teaches portrait painting in oils and pastels at The Royal Art Society of N.S.W.

She is constantly in demand to demonstrate, for art societies, her particular approach to portraiture and is called upon to judge and open art exhibitions.

The copyright of all images on this page belongs to Yve Close

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Yve Close, Artist Joshua Smith, Artist Biography Glenn Amer