Christine Wrest-Smith

b. 1963

Painter and draughtsman Christine Wrest-Smith studied at Monash University, with a semester at the Prato, Italy. Her realistic paintings and drawings are an exploration of personal territory using the birds nest as a metaphor to examine the process of construction, shelter and space. Each nest is a combination of strength and fragility, its individual characteristics beautifully rendered in paint or charcoal. Wrest-Smith varies her technique to match the personality of the individual nest, those put together with haste are loosely drawn, while those which were meticulously constructed are built up with precise layers of paint as they would have been made with exacting layers of twigs. What began as construction by one being has now become an expression through the process of construction by another. Wrest-Smith’s works have been exhibited in Melbourne and Italy. She was awarded the Savage Club Prize in 2010 and the Masterworks Contemporary Art Prize in 2011. She has completed several portrait commissions and her work is held in public and private collections.

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Christine Wrest-Smith – 2021 Lester Prize Finalist

Congratulations Christine Wrest-Smith who has been announced a Finalist for The Lester Prize 2021 with her beautiful portrait of Uncle …

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Graeme Drendel, Cathy Weiszmann and Christine Wrest-Smith – The Naked & Nude Art Prize 2021 Finalists

Image above: Christine Wrest-Smith  Strength and Presence Congratulations to Graeme Drendel, Cathy Weiszmann and Christine Wrest-Smith for being selected as …

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Glenn Morgan, Rodney Pople, Peter Stevens and Christine Wrest Smith – Salon des Refusés 2020

Image above: Rodney Pople  ‘I did it my way’ (self portrait)  2020  oil and watercolour on linen (Archibald Prize) Congratulations …

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Catherine Abel, Michelle Hiscock, Jenny Rodgerson and Pam Tippett- 2021 Portia Geach Memorial Award

Image: Pam Tippett  Together – Amanda Bell AM  2021  oil on linen on panel  70 x 70 cm Australian Galleries …

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Stephanie Monteith – Hazelhurst’s Teachers and Preparators Exhibition at Hazelhurst Art Centre

Image: Stephanie Monteith  Gunyah Beach Summer  2021  oil on panel  33 x 93cm To celebrate the re-opening of Hazelhurst Art …

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Danielle Creenaune – Finalist in ‘FLOW’ National Contemporary Watercolour Prize 2021 at Wollongong Art Gallery

Image: Danielle Creenaune  Cascade Falls  watercolour on Saunders Waterford  56 x 76 cm Congratulations to Danielle Creenaune who has been …

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Graeme Drendel, Martin King, Lewis Miller, Paul S. Miller and Rodney Pople – 2021 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize Semi-Finalists

Image above: Rodney Pople  Self portrait after Courbet (2) Congratulations to Graeme Drendel, Martin King, Lewis Miller, Paul S. Miller …

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Sarah Tomasetti – Finalist in the Gosford Art Prize 2021

Image: Sarah Tomasetti  From Balpatta IV  2021 oil and incision on fresco plaster with muslin, mounted on stretched canvas  145 …

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David Frazer – ‘The artist turning Nick Cave songs into wood engravings’, Sydney Morning Herald

David Frazer’s latest artist book, Love Letter, has recently been featured in the Sydney Morning Herald in an article written …

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Jennifer Keeler-Milne – Finalist in the Paddington Art Prize 2021

Image: Jennifer Keeler-Milne  Spring Wattle I  2021  oil on linen  92 x 198 cm Congratulations to Jennifer Keeler-Milne who has …

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Chris Ingham at Baldessin Studio

Image above: Chris Ingham  Urban mission I  2019  lithograph  edition 3  76 x 56 cm Printmaker and sculptor, Chris Ingham …

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‘Extinct’ – Artistic Impressions of Our Lost Wildlife

Image above: Sue Anderson  Christmas Island Pipistrelle  coloured pencil on paper  30.5 x 22 cm ‘Extinct’ is a recently published book by …

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Angus Fisher – ‘Masterworks II’ at Jonathan Cooper Gallery London

Image: Angus Fisher  Rosellas and Banksias  2021  ink pen and watercolour on paper  76 x 56 cm Angus Fisher has …

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