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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Midawarr | Harvest: The Art of Mulkuṉ Wirrpanda and John Wolseley

24 November 2017 to 18 February 2018 | Studio Gallery |  Free entry, donations welcome   The upcoming Midawarr | Harvest exhibition at the …

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Archibald Prize 2017 review: A difference between male and female portraitists

www.watoday.com.auby Robert Nelson Archibald Prize 2017 Geelong Art Gallery, until 10 December Athena Bellas is so perfect that she doesn’t …

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The Design Files Open House – featuring works on paper by Belynda Henry

After a little hiatus, The Design Files welcomes you to their 5th Open House. Taking place at 35 Johnston Street, Collingwood, Melbourne, the door …

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