Exhibition | Artis Gallery – Michael Smither

Here & Now 9 – 29 November

“In these uncertain times it is a gift when some things stay the same. Ever since his first exhibition in Auckland almost exactly 60 years ago, Michael Smither has confronted his viewers with surprises, sometimes shocks, always a search and scrutiny of his singular way of looking at the world.

True to his best form, he has done it again with Here and Now, this exhibition of 10 paintings. “These are the paintings of my old age,” says Smither. “I think now I have truly earned my name: Smither; it means an ordinary working man.”

Smither has always had a totally disciplined commitment to life as an artist. An artist who heads to his studio every morning, who paints through pain, through the vicissitudes of old age (his 82nd birthday is on October 29), through recent deeply-upsetting community conservation disputes, who has kept painting over the last 12 years to produce these works that glow with the energy of spring in his brush”.

Pictured image: Motuhua – Study, Oil & alkyd on board, 200 x 295 mm, Signed, Framed

This Exhibition is also part of Artweek 2021

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