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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
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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these are the current works that I am creating - the progress paintings will be updated as they progress - please check back
Here Be Monsters (working title)
size: 111 x 111 cm • medium: oil on canvas
This painting concept depicts a rat dressed in armour and holding a sword. He is fighting a Gurnard fish. The idea is that the geographic location of New Zealand was once displayed on maps as unknown waters, where sea monsters dwell. The Gurnard is such a strange looking specimen and I imagine the invasive predators capitalising upon their discovery in the new land.
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