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 Blog

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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Camie Lyons – Ralph Woodford Artist Residency, Byron Bay

Congratulations to artist Camie Lyons, who will be undertaking the Ralph Woodford Artist Residency at the Byron School of Art …

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Jennifer Keeler-Milne – Drawing Workshop on Lord Howe Island

Image: Jennifer Keeler-Milne, Installation view of Feathers (2014), charcoal on paper, 13.5 x  31 cm (each) Join artist Jennifer Keeler-Milne …

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Cameron Hayes – Overland Magazine

Image: Cameron Hayes, The fight between Moomba and Lent (2019), oil on linen, 198 x 254cm ‘You can’t have Carnival …

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