'Chris Smith' A Posthumous Show

16 Byron Street, Napier

Date: August 1 – August 31 SPACE: Workshop
Chris Smith was born and bred in Gisborne, the eldest of three boys.

Chris showed his artistic talent when in high school and was greatly encouraged by his father who was a photolithographer and also had an artistic flare. He was always keen on photography and this helped with his painting later on as he would often paint portraits from photos taken of family, friends and pets.

Spending time living in both London and Sydney, he persued his art in both these places as well as at home upon his return to Gisborne. He found a plethora of subjects to paint in and around his home town including local flora, fauna and especially the ocean as well as family and his beloved pet Labrador, Okey.

He was a member and leader of the Gisborne Art Society with the family donating supplies, materials and tools to the youth of the Society on his passing. In the later years of his life, Chris enjoyed combining his abilities and aptitude for computer work with his artisitc prowess to produce digital artworks. He reproduced many of the historical and architectural buildings around Gisborne with great success.

We hope you enjoy Chris’ life’s work as much as the great joy he took in creating them.

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Creative Arts Napier, Community Arts Centre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

16 Byron Street, Napier