Christine Wrest – Smith: Finalist in the Percival Portrait Painting Prize

In News March 20, 2018
Congratulations Christine Wrest-Smith who has been announced as a Finalist in the Percival Portrait Painting Prize with her evocative and poignant painting of prominent Australian artist ‘Graham Fransella’ 2017, oil on linen, 122 x 138 cm
The biennial Percival Portrait Painting Prize showcases the outstanding and innovative work currently being produced by Australian artists, giving both established and emerging artists an opportunity to engage with portraiture and share their expressions of themselves and those close to them.
Official Opening: Friday 27 April 2018
Exhibition Dates: 27 April – 15 July 2018

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
Corner Denham St & Flinders St, Townsville City QLD

In 2017, Australian Galleries was delighted to present Wrest-Smith’s first ever major portrait exhibition. Over a period of three years, Wrest-Smith created a series of large scale portraits of Australian artists. Painting her sitters predominantly from life, she perceptively captures much about the artist’s inner world by incorporating elements of her subjects’ own artistic style and inspiration into her work. The unique characteristics of each sitter are masterfully rendered in oil paint; the sensitive portrayal of individuality, strength and fragility are testament to the artist’s close and perceptive observation. Read more about this outstanding artist and view her full exhibition of portraits ‘One’s Own Work’ here:

‘I hope that these works do justice to the delight and enjoyment I felt whilst having the opportunity to paint some of Australia’s most distinguished and well known artists’. Christine Wrest-Smith, 2017