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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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Christine Wrest-Smith – 2021 Lester Prize Finalist

Congratulations Christine Wrest-Smith who has been announced a Finalist for The Lester Prize 2021 with her beautiful portrait of Uncle …

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

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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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Martin King – Finalist in the 2021 Grace Cossington Smith Art Award

Image above: Martin King  Hoodwinks and lyres, the moment  2019  graphite and watercolour on drafting film and paper  110 x …

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August Carpenter – Artist Profile Feature

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Michael Le Grand – Winner 2021 Deakin University Small Sculpture Award

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Danielle Creenaune – Printmaking Today (UK)

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Peter Wegner – Spectrum Article, October 29 2021

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