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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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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Christine Wrest-Smith Finalist in the Percival Portrait Painting Prize

Image: Christine Wrest-Smith, Portrait of Salvatore Zofrea. Congratulations to Christine Wrest-Smith who has been announced a Finalist in the Percival Portrait Painting …

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2016 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize Semi-Finalists announced

Congratulations to Australian Galleries represented artists Dean Brown, Prudence Flint, Stewart MacFarlane,  Lewis Miller, Rodney Pople, Peter Wegner, Marcus Wills and …

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Art in the Vines at Hanging Rock Winery

Image above: Jimmy Rix  St George and the Dragon II  Corten steel Following on from two hugely successful Art in the Vines …

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Marina Strocchi ‘New York New Work’ at Araluen Arts Centre

Image above: Marina Strocchi  Manhattan III  2019  gouache and acrylic on paper   New York New Work is the outcome of Marina Strocchi’s time …

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Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now

The work of G.W. Bot and Inge King are among 170 artists featured in the recently opened exhibition, Know My Name: …

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Margie Sheppard – Artist Feature

Image above: Margie Sheppard  Monument 2  2017  etching  edition 25  90 x 79 cm ‘Abstraction allows me to glimpse a …

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Artists for Kids’ Culture – Annual Art Auction

Image above: Graham Fransella  Figure and dog  2019  etching  edition 25  20 x 24 cm Artworks by Rosalind Atkins, Graham Fransella, Rona …

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Pam Tippett in ‘Margaret’s House’ – Margaret Olley Centre

Margaret’s pot and vases with paper daisies, 2019, oil on linen on panel, 45 x 45 cm ‘Margaret’s House’ featuring Pam …

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Danielle Creenaune – Artist Feature

The title of Danielle Creenaune’s current exhibition, ‘Fragile States,’ describes a parallel notion of fragility with respect to the state of …

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Rodney Pople – Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize 20th Anniversary

Images: Rodney Pople, Horse and figure with pom pom, 2020, scrubbed plywood, nails, screws, brass ,acrylic and cotton, string ,wax and pins, 80 …

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RODNEY POPLE ON PAPER: 1980 – 2020

Chair, 1983, pencil on paper, 30 x 21 cm RODNEY POPLE ON PAPER: 1980 – 2020 Australian Galleries (online) 2 – …

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Rodney Forbes – Winner of the Maritime Art Prize 2020

Image above: Rodney Forbes  A Submariner Dreams of Home  2020  oil on canvas Congratulations to Rodney Forbes who has been …

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