the Studio

Hi and welcome 

This is Barry Ross Smith's studio and here you will find evidence of his struggles, missteps and irrelevant detours that constitute the development of new artworks. He spends most of his days in his studio  with his music or podcasts playing and a pencil, charcoal or a brush in hand - scribbling out ideas.

Included on this page will be:

• progress pictures of my practice

• behind the scenes of production

• stray thoughts about the artworks as they develop

• links to the finished artwork and possible prints

• purchase the preliminary studio sketches or the final artwork

About a little about me and a video of me talking about my practice

Bio A list of my exhibitions and awards - still working on it!

Exhibitions An ongoing collection of my paintings ordered into the exhibition as they were shown. Where possible I have included the text and catalogues from the shows

Projects Completed projects that are a departure from my usual practice of painting

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current projects

these are the current works that I am creating - the progress paintings will be updated as they progress - please check back

North Facing (working title)

size: 111 x 111 cm • medium: oil on canvas

This painting is attempting to create a blend between the natural environment and the fabrication of a community, with all of the best places, the north facing properties, built upon and the south side left to its own devices. The constructions begin small, an outhouse, a treehouse, a fence.. and move to fully constructed interconnected buildings. There is also a blend for the natural environment, from the natural foliage moving across to the well pruned and maintained bushes of a garden

Tweed Street (commission)

underway, with references sketches completed and canvas created

A commission is based upon the Lord of the Rings homeland of the Elves; Rivendell. It eferences one of the paintings by  Jerry Vanderstelt that was used to create the fictional places in Tolkien's books. I have transplanted a house from Herne Bay, a cliffs edge home from Mexico and a bach from Taiharuru in Northland of New Zealand into middle earth.

the Arrival (working title)

Not yet started work on the final painting

This painting creates an imagined encounter between the native species of New Zealand and the introduced predators; depicting their arrival in a small boat. The locals are curious and unaware of the consequences that this rendezvous is about to have, not only upon their numbers, but their homes as well

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