Welcome to the Official Website of Hassel Smith
Hassel in his Rode Studio circa 1989
This site is dedicated to the life and work of Hassel Smith.
The site contains a large selection of works by Hassel Smith, some of which have not been put on public display until now. The site also lists any current and upcoming exhibitions of Hassel's work along with details of Hassel's work in public collections. If you are interested in any of the works featured on the site, or would like further information about Hassel Smith, contact details are available in the contact section of the site.
Hassel in his Sebastopol studio circa 1958
"In an age which exalts not only mediocrity, but outright mindlessness, Hassel Smith’s paintings are extraordinary acts of intelligence.
Whatever else his protean art may be - and amongst other things, in both his figurative and non-figurative work, it has also been a wildly expressive, almost violent art of tremendous intuitive power - it has always been, first and last, a celebration of rational intellect.
These fearless paintings reveal the valour of a mind in direct confrontation with the world as it is, brimming with contradiction and paradox that the artist welcomes as a challenge, just as he summons up, out of the prevailing confusion and sterile formulas of the contemporary art world, the real challenge of timeless problems of painting."
- Allan Temko 1975