Melbourne, 6 Jul 2021 — 24 Jul 2021

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- Christine Wrest-Smith

“Birds’ nests are always rare and special. Birds and nests are strong and fragile at the same time. The variety of material used in construction relative to location is intriguing; some have string, paper, fur, hair- some are held together with spider web. They are a testament to collecting, creativity and pragmatism even before you consider all the elements of symbolism.” – Christine Wrest-Smith, 2019

Christine Wrest-Smith uses birds’ nests as a means to explore ideas of personal territory, the home and self, shelter and space. The unique characteristics of each nest are masterfully rendered in either oil paint or charcoal; strength and delicacy beautifully portrayed through tonal nuances and the careful selection of medium. She deftly varies her technique to echo the individuality of each nest or petal, those swiftly and liberally woven are loosely drawn, while those meticulously constructed are built up with precise layers of paint.

Wrest-Smith’s empty nests are profound reminders of extinct and threatened bird species. She poignantly illuminates themes of environmental loss, erosion and decay through her drawings of flowers, leaves, skulls and bones. Cycles of life and death, creation and destruction are poetically refracted through the traditional still life themes of vanitas and memento mori.

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Painter and draughtsman Christine Wrest-Smith studied at Monash University, with a semester at the Prato, …
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Glenn Morgan, Rodney Pople, Peter Stevens and Christine Wrest Smith – Salon des Refusés 2020

Image above: Rodney Pople  ‘I did it my way’ (self portrait)  2020  oil and watercolour on linen (Archibald Prize) Congratulations …

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Christine Wrest-Smith Finalist in the Percival Portrait Painting Prize

Image: Christine Wrest-Smith, Portrait of Salvatore Zofrea. Congratulations to Christine Wrest-Smith who has been announced a Finalist in the Percival Portrait Painting …

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2016 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize Semi-Finalists announced

Congratulations to Australian Galleries represented artists Dean Brown, Prudence Flint, Stewart MacFarlane,  Lewis Miller, Rodney Pople, Peter Wegner, Marcus Wills and …

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Martin King – Splash: McClelland Contemporary Watercolour Award

Martin King  sometimes the blind must lead the blind  2021  watercolour on drafting film and paper  119 x 178 cm Congratulations to Martin King who …

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Graeme Drendel, Cathy Weiszmann and Christine Wrest-Smith – The Naked & Nude Art Prize 2021 Finalists

Image above: Christine Wrest-Smith  Strength and Presence Congratulations to Graeme Drendel, Cathy Weiszmann and Christine Wrest-Smith for being selected as …

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Angus Fisher – Finalist in Environmental Art and Design Prize 2021

Image above: Angus Fisher  Marajo  2020  ink pen and watercolour on paper  55 x 75 cm Australian Galleries is excited to …

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Geoffrey Ricardo – New Sculpture at ‘Orana’

This incredible new sculpture by Geoffrey Ricardo is currently being installed at the new sustainable housing development ‘Orana’ in Clyde …

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Peter Wegner – Drawn From Life

Image above: Close-up detail of Portrait Magazine featuring Peter Wegner’s drawings of Marg Mossop (2015) and Hilda Heley (2015) In …

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Martin King – Artist Feature

Image above: Martin King  tree of life, unsuccessful species  2021  etching, drypoint, chine collé and hand colouring  edition 3  168 …

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Jazmina Cininas – Eglė and the Iron She-Wolves

Image above: Jazmina Cininas  Trans Baltic-Tasman Crossing  2018  artist book with collage  21 x 14 x 2.5 cm Following an …

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Vale Mandy Martin 1952-2021

Vale Mandy Martin 18th November 1952 – 10th July 2021 Today we farewell artist and friend Mandy Martin. Mandy was a highly …

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Michael Snape – Feature on Archibald Portrait of Stuart Purves

Image above: Artist Michael Snape and Stuart Purves alongside Michael’s Archibald Finalist painting of Stuart Purves. “Stuart Purves has been …

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Rosalind Atkins, Philip Davey, David Frazer and Mary Tonkin – The Big Tree and Other Landscapes From the Whitehorse Art Collection

Image above: Mary Tonkin  Crack, Kalorama  2012  oil on linen  62 x 68 cm Featuring a selection of artworks from …

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