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

barry_ross_smith  Follow me on Instagram to see many of these progress pictures there.

current projects

links to these progress paintings will be uploaded soon - please check back

A Night on the Town (working title)

A painting about light and night

1study & final painting image


New Zealand has come thru the first (hopefully last) wave of the Coronavirus pandemic and it's invisible presence seeps into my thoughts.

I think Bolthole comes from a desire to find a secure place, a haven from this global threat which is, for NZ, not immediate but constant. Covid 19 is at war with us on our sense of normality

2 studies and final painting image

untitled (The Tor)

The Tor is a presque-isle (an almost island) at the north end of Waiake Beach in Torbay and it becomes an island at high tide. I have inhabited the small islet with a villa

final painting image

untitled (Reflection)

Painting reflection with colonial influences

stages of final painting

North Facing (working title)

Prime location with a blend into native forest - the trees have been transformed into another state

3 study Image

the Arrival (working title)

A painting about the arrival, and meeting to two species for the first time

3 study images

Tweed Street (commission)

Initial concept charcoal study for a commission- Herne Bay meets Rivendell. Working upon second stage study

1 study Image