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Richard Smith was born and raised in Tauranga. From a young age he had an interest in drawing and painting. As a child he spent many hours in his father’s boat-building workshop observing and drawing boats under construction, developing the accomplished skills and techniques now so evident in his work.

Influences have been the American painter Edward Hopper and a number of New Zealand painters, including Peter McIntyre. An accomplished draughtsman, his paintings are honest interpretations of the subjects he paints. Throughout his ‘working life’, which was spent predominantly in the field of marine manufacturing Richard sustained his passion for art. It became his primary focus in 2001 when he made the decision to paint full-time.

Richards versatilty leads him to depict landscape, the marine environment of wharfs and vessels, and buildings of character. It is from years spent in and around the marine environment, that Richard gleaned his Knowledge of boats and the mercurial nature and characteristics of water. He is able to capture the distinctive “personalities’ of different boats and the elusive, reflective quality of the water around them. ‘I want water to look fluid and wet, as if you could dip your hand in … or you could peel the flaky paint off an old building’ he says. Peoples presence and rerlationship with their environment is another theme often explored through paintings of old buildings and structures often abandoned and left to ruin. Although his art appears detailed, it is not the detail that interests him, but rather to create paintings that exhibit a feeling of spontaneity and life.

Although based in Tauranga Richard finds inspiration from frequent travels to different parts of the country. While he used to paint on location, he now finds this takes too long, and prefers to work from sketches and photographs in his studio. His keen eye for the subject observed ‘en plein air’ is reflected in his paintings.



Selected publications:

Artists Impressions of New Zealand, by Denis Robinson : New Holland Publishers 2011

New Zealand – A Painted Country, by Denis Robinson: New Holland Publishers 2007

New Zealand’s Favourite Artists, by Denis Robinson: Saint Publishing 2006

UNO lifestyle magazine, article, spring 2012

Numerous corporate and art calendars

Represented by:

Flagstaff Gallery – Devonport, Auckland

Remuera Gallery – Remuera, Auckland

Zea You Contemporary Art – Taupo

The Artists Room – Dunedin

Queenstown Gallery of Fine Arts – Queenstown

 

Selected exhibitions:

2013

Painting Mauao

 

Tauranga Art Gallery

2012

Solo: The Travelling Man

Made in New Zealand

Work Selected Miles Art Awards

 

Harrisons Gallery Tauranga

Agora Gallery New York

Tauranga Art Gallery

2011

2 Artists & a point of view

The best of New Zealand

 

Flagstaff Gallery Devonport

Harrisons Gallery Tauranga

2010

Solo: Between Coasts

Work Selected Inaugural Miles Art Awards

Braveheart Youth Trust exhibition

South

 

Zea You Gallery Taupo

Tauranga Art Gallery

ASB Showgrounds Auckland

Harrisons Gallery Tauranga

2009

Solo: Sign Language

Our Land

 

Flagstaff Gallery Devonport

Taupo Museum Taupo

2008

Solo: Harbour

Celebration – Opening exhibition

 

R.O.W Gallery Tauranga

Creative Tauranga

2007

Solo: Recent paintings

A Painted Country, book launch exhibition

3 Artists

Mid Winter exhibition

Our Land

 

Flagstaff Gallery Devonport

The Guss Fisher Gallery Auckland

Wine Country Gallery Havelock North

Rosslyn Gallery Dunedin

Taupo Museum Taupo

2006

NZ Favourite Artists book launch exhibition

Lewis Invitation exhibition

Arts Promotion Trust auction

The Last Picture Show

The Summer Show

 

Fishers Gallery Wellington

Cambridge

Dunedin

Art Studio Mt Maunganui

Art Studio Mt Maunganui

2005

Solo: New Paintings

Exchanges, A collaboration with Poets

Mid Winter exhibition

Kiwiana

Summer Series

Arts promotion Trust auction

 

Flagstaff Gallery Devonport

Art Studio Mt Maunganui

Rosslyn Gallery Dunedin

Art Studio Mt Maunganui

Art  Studio Mt Maunganui

Tauranga

2004

Solo: New Paintings

Solo: Coastline

Plunket Art Show

Art to Heart auction

Works on paper

 

Flagstaff Gallery Devonport

Art Studio Mt Maunganui

Aigantighe Gallery Timaru

Christchurch

Art Studio Mt Maunganui

2003

Solo: Summer Series

Christmas exhibition

Trick of the Eye

Art to Heart auction

 

Art Studio Mt Maunganui

Rosslyn Gallery Dunedin

Art Studio Mt Maunganui

Government House Wellington

2002

Christmas exhibition

Off the Wall

Revelation

 

Rosslyn Gallery Dunedin

Art Studio Mt Maunganui

Art Studio Mt Maunganui