A highly accomplished painter, Raewyn Smith has had a number of solo and numerous joint exhibitions in Northland. After many years in Kerikeri working as a physiotherapist, Raewyn moved to Whangarei with her husband to became a full time artist, inspired and guided by her mentor Laurence Berry. Her show “Destiny? I Don’t Think So. Not Here” was widely acclaimed with most of the works being sold into private and public collections.
Raewyn has work in the Wallace Collection and was a finalist in the 2014 Adam Art Award for Portraiture.
Raewyn’s self portraits are honest portraits of a middle aged woman coming to terms with time. Or is it the unflinching gaze of the painter wanting to see without prejudice; to understand the light, colours and marks that construct the face ? Raewyn gives us no clues in her title, but either way the painterly brush strokes speak of a subtlety and accuracy of observation and a firm grasp on the craft of painting.
In her most recent exhibition “Another Bad” at Kaan Zamaan in September Raewyn unveiled a series of portraits of herself with the Old Masters, all male artists. Again Raewyn questions and investigates her role as a woman, an artist in a man’s world.
Here a few paintings from that series: