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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Kevin Mortensen ‘The Alchemist’ at Gippsland Art Gallery

Kevin Mortensen’s enigmatic artworks are as diverse as his many and varied materials, which range from painting and drawing, to …

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King Living ‘Family Living’ – featuring Belynda Henry and Camie Lyons

King Living in collaboration with Est Living and stylist Swee Lim, took over the Canny Home in Brighton to create …

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Simon Fieldhouse ‘Art and Surgery’ – RPA Institute of Academic Surgery

“When you’re up close the patients really are extremely vulnerable. I’m extraordinarily proud of these works.” -Simon Fieldhouse, 2018 In …

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