KRISTEL SMITS

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I am fundamentally a landscape painter with an interest in capturing a personalized view of the Australian landscape. As a child immigrant to this country, I often think my fascination with the landscape is about my coming to terms with my new surroundings. More and more, my work explores traditional artist’s methods and materials, stretched and expanded into contemporary drawing and painting language. My profession as a painting conservator/restorer has allowed me to examine and study other artist’s work at close range, and I think this feeds into my artwork both consciously and subconsciously. I have grown up and lived by the coast and am new to the mountains, and I’m only just starting to explore the local landscape in my work.

CURRICULUM VITAE

Academic training

2005-2010         Master of Fine Arts (Research) in Painting, College of Fine Arts, University of NSW
2003-2004         Master of Art (Coursework) in Painting, College of Fine Arts, University of NSW
1993-1995         Bachelor of Applied Science in Conservation of Cultural Materials (specialised in Easel Paintings), University of Canberra 

Grants & prizes 

2012    Awarded Artstart grant from the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, to undertake artist residency and business development.
1995    Awarded joint scholarship through the Getty Grant Program and the University of Canberra to undertake post-graduate internship in paintings conservation. 

Major exhibitions 

2015     Garden Enchantment, Gallery Bodalla, Bodalla
2014     Miniature Cosmos, with visual artist Cindy Chen and bonsai maker Thor Beowulf, Airspace Projects, Marrickville
2013     Van Gogh at Work, painted reconstruction of Van Gogh’s ‘View from Theo’s Apartment, 1887’ included in the major exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
             Mysteries Revealed, Gallery Bodalla, Bodalla
2011     Convergence, exhibiting with Genevieve McCrea, Depot II Gallery, Danks Street, Waterloo
2010     The Metaphorical Landscape, COFAspace Gallery, College of Fine Arts
             The Metaphorical Landscapecape, Bondi Pavilion Gallery, Bondi Beach

Selected group exhibitions

2015     Openings, Airspace Projects, Marrickville
             Collectors’ Edition #2, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Katoomba
2014     Touching Our Land, Queen Street Gallery, Woollahra
2013     Gesture, Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Camperdown
             Gold Telethon exhibition, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick
2012     58th Annual Hunters Hill Art Exhibition, Hunters Hill Town Hall, Sydney
2011     Together in Harmony, 50th Anniversary exhibition, Korea Foundation Cultural Centre, Seoul
             Go Figure, Scheffer Gallery, Darlington, Sydney
             40x40x40 ShowShow, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne
2010     Christmas Art Exhibitions, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick
2008     Landscape, Flinders Street Gallery, Surry Hills
             Hills Grammar School Art Prize, Hills Grammar School, Kenthurst. Work highly commended.
             Tim Olsen Drawing Prize 2008, Kudos Gallery, College of Fine Arts
2004-07 Various group exhibitions at the College of Fine Arts, Sydney   

 
CONTACT

Phone: 0415 773 494
email: smitsfinearts@gmail.com
web: www.kristelsmits.com