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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Belynda Henry – interview with EST Living

Image: Belynda Henry, Inside your head (2019), oil on canvas, 107 x 107 cm Artist Belynda Henry has an enduring appreciation for …

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Camie Lyons installation – Tiffany & Co. Sydney

Congratulations to our artist Camie Lyons on her latest commission of four stunning large scale drawings for the new Tiffany …

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Michelle Hiscock & Rodney Pople – finalists in the 2019 Gallipoli Art Prize

Congratulations to Michelle Hiscock and Rodney Pople who have been selected as finalists in the 2019 Gallipoli Art Prize In …

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