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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JOHN KELLY ARTIST TALK – NGV INTERNATIONAL

FROM DOBELL’S COWS TO MOO BREW JOHN KELLY ARTIST TALK WED 4 OCT, 6.30PM NGV INTERNATIONAL CLEMENGER BBDO AUDITORIUM (ENTER …

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Doug Moran National Portrait Prize – Semi Finalists Announced

“It was an extremely difficult task choosing 200 semi-finalists from over 1100 paintings.  We were excited by the diversity and …

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Jock Clutterbuck wins Gippsland Print Award 2017

Gippsland Art Gallery is delighted to announce the winner of the 2017 Gippsland Print Award is Jock Clutterbuck. Clutterbuck was announced …

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