Smile by Belem Lett


Oil, gesso, marble dust on aluminum composite panel

Belem Lett graduated from the College of Fine Arts in Sydney in 2008 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours Class 1) and a Master of Fine Art in 2012. In 2010 he was the recipient of the prestigious Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, the highest award for an Australian artist under the age of 30, administered by the Art Gallery of New South Wales. In 2011, he participated in a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.

He has exhibited locally and internationally and participated in art fairs including Melbourne’s Spring 1883, Den Fair (Melbourne) and a solo presentation at Sydney Contemporary art fair with Edwina Corlette Gallery in 2017.

Lett has also been a finalist in several prizes including the Fishers Ghost Award (2013, 2015, 2018), NAB Emerging Artist Award (2014), the Sunshine Coast Art Prize (2016, 2019), The Paddington Art Prize (2016, 2018 – Highly Commended), the Chippendale New World Art Prize, The Elaine Bermingham National Watercolour Prize (2017- Highly Commended), the Glover Prize (2019), the Arthur Guy Memorial Prize (2019) and received the early career prize in the Hazelhurst works on paper award (2019). Belem Lett’s work is held in public and private collections including Mirvac, Artbank, Crown Group, 10 Group and the Australian Catholic University.

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