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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In conversation with Christine Wrest-Smith

Birds and nests are a central theme in your work. Could you tell us a bit about what draws you …

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Greg Weight – Finalist in the 2019 Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture

Greg Weight, Den, Across the Old Table (2017), inkjet print Congratulations to Greg Weight for his poignant portrait ‘Den, Across …

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Sasha Grishin Review – John Wolseley, Mulkun Wirrpanda & Mary Tonkin

Image: Two old artists looking for shellfish – John Wolseley and Mulkun Wirrpanda, opening, Australian Galleries. All photos courtesy of …

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David Frazer winning work in the 2019 Cossack Art Awards

David Frazer, The Tangled Wood (Composition I), 2018, etching, edition 40, 80cm x 120cm Congratulations to David Frazer, winner of …

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