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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Deborah Williams – Finalist in the 2019 Pro Hart Outback Art Prize

Image: Deborah Williams, On the spot (2019), etching, aquatint and stencil, edition 20, 25.5 x 56 cm Congratulations to Deborah …

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William Robinson ‘Elixir of Light’ – QUT Gallery, Brisbane

William Robinson, Crack of dawn (1988), oil on canvas, QUT Art Collection. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural gifts Program …

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William Robinson & Greg Weight – ‘Between the Moon and the Stars’, MAGNT

Greg Weight, East of Emily Creek with meteorite (2009), digital print, 80 x 120 cm. 2018.016.001. Purchased 2018. MAGNT Collection. …

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