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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‘A Painted Landscape’ Book Launch and Exhibition

Just as Dorothea Mackellar’s words have a knack for swelling the metaphorical chest of many Australians with the evocative descriptions …

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Graeme Drendel ‘Confessions’ – Tweed Regional Gallery

Graeme Drendel’s skilfully executed works appear to be driven by narratives – though it is not necessarily clear what these …

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Rona Green ‘In Fine Fettle’ – Solander Gallery, New Zealand

Rona Green  In Fine Fettle opens Wednesday 17 October from 5.30pm to 7pm at Solander Gallery, 218 Willis Street, Wellington, …

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