Eric Smith: Not Finished Yet
2012 Atom Award nominee - "Best Documentary - Arts"
This visually rich documentary profiles abstract artist Eric Smith, three times Archibald prize winner, six times Blake prize winner, and winner of numerous awards including the Wynne and Sulman Prizes. We follow his quest to mount one final exhibition, an endeavour that has been twenty years in the making.
Filmed over a two year period, this documentary traces the artist’s passion, dedication and struggles and intertwines archival footage with present day artwork and interviews with John Olsen, Leonard French, Barry Pearce, Peter Sculthorpe and others.
Exploring Eric’s career from his prize-winning portraits to his religious works to his lost oeuvre of grand abstract canvases, the film is an intimate portrayal of an ageing artist at work. Eric Smith, the self confessed ‘great destroyer’ is always in the process of creating his next great masterpiece but he never quite finishes. Daughter Barbara and granddaughter Kirrilly (the filmmakers) embark on a road trip to track down paintings that have survived in collections across the country. As another birthday passes by, the clock is ticking fast for Eric Smith to exhibit one last time and to achieve his desire of going out with a bang rather than whimper.
This film is a heartfelt, revealing and often humorous journey into the personal struggles and innermost-thoughts of an elder statesman of the Australian art world. Whilst providing a dynamic overview of Eric Smith’s career weaved throughout the second half of 20th century Australian art history, the program has significant broader human-interest as it touches on the themes of love, passion, spirituality and mortality.
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