Henry Smith

VET Lecturer in Visual Arts

Henry Smith is an Artist Sculptor and Teacher who started his career in Melbourne where he worked at the Melbourne Theatre Com as head of props for five years, and worked as a set designer for Victoria State Opera’s contemporary music season. He was a successful free-lance Sculptor for nineteen years and worked for a variety of clients. The Opera, Ballet, TV, and film organizations and various individual commissions.   Later he came under the spell of the desert of Central Australia.

The move was initiated by the love of the ancient geological landscape of rugged ranges, vast spaces, water-holes, ghost gums, blue sky and red earth- a primordial land. It’s not surprising that this country became the focus of many paintings and drawings. His interest is in exploring the landscape around Alice Springs with a view to looking at what compositional elements constitute this land and how to arrange them in a way that treads the line between abstraction and representation. His passion is in finding ways through color, shape, texture, and space that create a slightly skewed and different way of presenting his experience of the landscape. Already there exists so many traditional images of this landscape and the challenge is to find new ways through the use of abstraction techniques to bring excitement to this endeavor.


Knowledge of the history of Sculpture as it plays out in the work and ideas of Sculptors from the Renaissance to the present time. Vast experience in all types of materials and techniques from stone to latex rubber and poly-styrene. Expertise in painting and drawing in all media and techniques, water-color, oil and acrylic and dry media. Knowledge of the history of art as it relates more specifically to artist’s ideas and works.

A long held practice of brainstorming for ideas around particular creative endeavors, and to develop these ideas into a working process that incorporates ideas materials and outcomes. In particular through the disciplines of sculpture, installation, drawing and painting.


My passion is Visual Art, the practice of making art, the history of art, and contemporary movements in art. These all form a foundation to my teaching and supervision, and my ability to stay current with what’s happening in the art world.

Selected group exhibitions

2013   Group show of Alice Springs artists at Muk Muk gallery
2012   Advocate art award. Winner stories category
2012   Craft meets fine art. Chan contemporary Art Space Darwin
2012   Art of the Nomad. Chan contemporary Art space
2011   Portrait of a Senior Territorian Parliament house Darwin
2009   Transcending Surface. Helen Maxwell gallery Canberra
2009   Portrait of a Senior Territorian, Parliament House Darwin
2008   Olive Pink Sculpture show Alice Springs. Overall winner
2005   ‘Emerge’, Araluen Regional Gallery, Alice Springs
2005   ‘Flock’ Helen Maxwell Gallery Canberra
2005   ‘Chiaroscuro’, Goya Galleries, Docklands, Melbourne
2004   Portrait of Senior Territorian, Parliament House, Darwin
2003   Advocate Art Award, Alice Springs
2002   Portrait of a Senior Territorian, Parliament House, Darwin.  Highly Commended
1997   ‘Bringing the House Down’, 12 months of Australian Political Humour, National Museum of Australia, Old Parliament House, Canberra
1995   ‘Madonna’. Castillia Gallery, Selby, Victoria
1993   ‘Two Painters and a Sculptor”, Hamilton Regional Art Gallery Victoria
1978   ‘Smile’, Kinetic Sculpture, Queensland Festival of Arts
1978   Museum of Contemporary Art, Brisbane
1976   Chastity Belt Sculpture, Museum and Art Galley of  Tasmania
1975   Time Machine’ and ‘Scan’, Mildura Sculpture Scape. Mildura, Victoria
1974   ‘Amelsvoort’, Commo House Sculpture Survey, South Yarra. Victoria

Solo exhibitions

2012   ‘Singing for their supper’. Portraits of Asante Sana choir members.
2012   ‘Slow Burn’ Semi abstract painted landscapes. 32 works.  
2008   ‘Tree Song’ Painting and Sculpture Show Araluen Regional Gallery. Alice Springs
2002   ‘Odyssey of Wonder’ Drawing and Sculpture Show, Araluen Regional Art Gallery, Alice Springs.
1977   ‘Machine Constructions’, Realities Gallery, Toorak Victoria

Selected commissions

2003   Artist in Schools programme. Rudolf Steiner School, Alice Springs., Permanent outdoor sculpture.
1997   ‘The Law Machine”, Kinetic Sculpture in collaboration with Bruce Petty, cartoonist.
1995   ‘Man Dog Boat’, City of Port Phillip, Award Commission for Public Sculpture. Gas Works Park, South Melbourne.
1994   Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Toolangi Forestry Discovery Centre, Toolangi, Carved Native Animals in wood.
1992   Artist in Schools Programme. Heywood and District Secondary School.
1991   Telecom Machine Sculpture. Collaboration with Bruce Petty Cartoonist.
1990   Artist in Schools Programme. Kingswood College. Box Hill. Vic.
1989   Dioramas. National Trust. Old Melbourne Jail.
1987   ‘Total Recall’ Sculpture for the film. Sydney Australia.
1986   Sculptural Tree Forms, Regent Hotel, Collins Place Melbourne. (Bates Smart & McCutchen Architects.)
1985   ‘Thunder and Lightening’, Sculptural interior, collaboration with Peter Mills Architect, Melbourne.
1984   Seagull Sculptures. Port Melbourne. (Bates Smart & McCutchen Architects).
1983   Production of Void. Guests set designer. St. Martins Youth Theatre. South Yarra, Melbourne.
1982   Sculpture. Wentworth Hotel, Collins Place Melbourne.
1980   Set design, Victorian State Opera Contemporary Music Season.
1979   Sculpture, Victorian State Opera. Pearl fishers, Bizet.
1978   Set design, Victorian State Opera Contemporary Music Season.


Araluen Regional Art Gallery, Alice Springs.
Private Collections, Alice Springs, Melbourne, Germany.
The Jam Factory, Melbourne.
National Museum, Canberra.

Teaching experience

2006   Wood Carving with aboriginal men at Titjikala.
2004   Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training.
1996-2013   Centralian College/Charles Darwin University, Alice Springs, Lecturing in Sculpture Drawing and Painting. V. E. T. and Higher Ed level.
2003   Rudolf Steiner School, Alice Springs, Artists in schools program.
2001   Larapinta Primary School, Alice Springs. Artists in schools program.
1992   Heywood and District Secondary School, Victoria. Artists in Schools Programme
1990   Kingswood College, Box Hill, Victoria. Artists in schools program
1994-1995   Beaumaris Art Group Inc., Victoria

Awards and Honours

Vice-Chancellor’s award, for outstanding contributions to student learning

The Advocate Art award

NT flexible response grant

Henry Smith


T: 08 8959 5428
E: henry.smith@cdu.edu.au

Alice Spings Campus
Building Red 3, Level 1, Room 2