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Light Through the Trees - Michael D Smither

Light Through the Trees - Michael D Smither


  • Thu 19 Dec ’19, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri 20 Dec ’19, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 21 Dec ’19, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 22 Dec ’19, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Mon 23 Dec ’19, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 24 Dec ’19, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri 27 Dec ’19, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 28 Dec ’19, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 29 Dec ’19, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Mon 30 Dec ’19, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 31 Dec ’19, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 2 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri 3 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 4 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 5 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Mon 6 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 7 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wed 8 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 9 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri 10 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 11 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 12 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Mon 13 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 14 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wed 15 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 16 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri 17 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 18 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 19 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Mon 20 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 21 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wed 22 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 23 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri 24 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 25 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 26 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Mon 27 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 28 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wed 29 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 30 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri 31 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 1 Feb, 10:00am – 4:00pm
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Bread & Butter Gallery, 26 Albert St, Whitianga


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Painter Michael D Smither celebrates his 80th Year as he continues his study Light Through the Trees, capturing the challenging shapes and particularly the coastal pōhutukawa with a selection of colourful oil paintings as he reflects Light and Life.

Michael Smither, CNZM, is regarded as one of New Zealand's leading realist painters. He is also well known for his sculpture, murals, silk screenprints, for his music and for his environmental work.

During his long and prolific career Michael Smither has found continuing inspiration in his immediate environment. This has resulted in a large body of work that is synonymous with the New Zealand landscape and culture. He paints coastal and mountain landscapes, family and children, domestic objects and religious symbols.

Born in New Plymouth, Michael Smither was based there until his move to Auckland to attend Elam School of Fine Arts in 1959. He then returned to New Plymouth and spent the majority of the 1960s in the Taranaki region. Paintings of this period record his family life, his wife and children, the New Plymouth community and the landscape of the region. He has become particularly renowned for his paintings of Mount Taranaki and the Taranaki boulders from this period. Works at this time also draws on religious iconography and religious themes.

Michael then abandoned painting for a number of years to concentrate on musical theory and composition, exploring a system of harmonic relationships. He went on to apply harmonics to other visual observations, as he worked in graphics, theatre, prints, artists' books, murals. It was at this time that Michael became a active conservationalist. He investigated creative techniques of environmental protection by making a series of large beach sculptures designed to prevent the erosion of sand dunes along the New Plymouth coastline.

Michael has held many prestigious one-man shows in New Zealand and Australia and has been included in numerous group exhibitions. His paintings are held in numerable public collections including Auckland Art Gallery and Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand. His work is also included in significant private collections throughout New Zealand and overseas.

Michael Smither now lives and works north of Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula.

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