Yvette Coppersmith began her latest series of paintings over the summer months of 2014/15 in her backyard studio. During this time, friends of Coppersmith’s were invited round for BBQ gatherings – bringing with them offerings of garden picked flowers, treasured heirlooms, or objects sourced from their own studios or homes. Guests arranged still lifes in her studio over the course of each gathering, to which Coppersmith would later use as a starting point for paintings.
In recent years Coppersmith has introduced processes of participation and exchange with other artists, ex lovers, couples and friends into her painting practice that expands vernaculars associated with the still life genre. Asking others to contribute to the scheme or at times arrange the still lifes for her, Coppersmith takes an approach akin to her portraiture where her subjects transpose certain sentiments and emotions into her work. This approach to still life is evocative of other Australian figures including Dorrit Black, Grace Cossington Smith and Margret Preston, whose work also delved in to the personal and domestic settings of Australians.
The work that makes up Summer Arrangements includes a bright colour palette of pastels and lively tonalities reminiscent of blooming flowers, seasonal fruit, and summer light paired with cubist tropes of pointillist brush strokes and an energetic arrangement of planes. Her new series is at once crisp and warm and engages small congregates of objects in conversation with one another – speaking to convivial happenings amongst the artist’s close friends and contemporaries.
Yvette Coppersmith holds a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) from the Victorian College of the Arts (2001) and has exhibited in Melbourne and Sydney at Utopian Slumps, Gallery 9, Chalk Horse, Gallery Ecosse, Rubicon ARI, Blindside ARI and Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts. Coppersmith was winner of the inaugural Metro 5 Art Prize in 2003 and has been finalist in the Rick Amor Self Portrait Prize, Arthur Guy Painting Prize, Fletcher Jones Art Prize, Portia Geach Memorial Award, Archibald Prize and The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. Coppersmith’s works are held in the collections of Artbank, Trinity College, The University of Melbourne, Supreme Court of Victoria, Benalla Art Gallery, Melbourne High School and the Jewish Museum of Australia.