"Frontline" in foyer of Sydney Business Park

"Frontline" in foyer of Sydney Business Park
Painting, photography and film by Australian artist Bernadette Smith. Visit my studio by appointment at smithrankenART Suite 10, 20-28 Maddox Street Alexandria in Sydney where you can also view art by Mark Elliot-Ranken (phone: 0404265024 or email: bernadette2paint@yahoo.com.au). You can also buy my paintings at Graphis gallery in Woollahra or Art Duo, Sydney.

Break

Break
oil on canvas 152 x 137 cm

Southerly Change

Southerly Change
152 x112 cm oil on canvas

Vector

Vector
oil on canvas 100 x 100 cm

Fluidity

Fluidity
137 x 137 cm oil on canvas

Purple Rain

Purple Rain
183 x 83 cm oil on canvas

River Run

River Run
oil on canvas 110 x 110 cm

Nocturne 2

Nocturne 2
120 x 120 cm oil on canvas

Tropica

Tropica
1.5m x 1.5m oil on canvas

Screen

Screen
180 x 90 cm oil on canvas

Zone

Zone
60 x 60 cm oil on wood panel

Ghost Gums

Ghost Gums
100 x 180 cm oil on canvas

Sun Storm

Sun Storm
oil on wood, 100 x 90 cm

Equivalence 2

Equivalence 2
oil on canvas 121 x 152 cm

Capricornia

Capricornia
oil on canvas 150 x 120 cm

Red Wind

Red Wind
120 x 150 cm oil on canvas

Warm Front

Warm Front
150 x150 cm oil on canvas

Grain

Grain
90 x 180 cm oil on canvas

Stratum

Stratum
oil on canvas 150 x 150 cm

Undergrowth

Undergrowth
130 x 115 cm oil on canvas

Minor Key

Minor Key
3 panels 90 x 60 cm oil on canvas

Day Into Night

Day Into Night
130 x 130 cm oil on canvas

Veils

Veils
oil on canvas

Pattern

Pattern
oil on canvas 3 panels 35 x 40cm each

Timeline

Timeline
Triptych oil on canvas each panel 61 x 91 cm

Blackbutts

Blackbutts
90 x 180 cm oil on canvas

Zaum

Zaum
oil on canvas 137 x 107 cm

Kakadu

Kakadu
150 x 120 cm

Synergy

Synergy
acrylic on canvas 120 x 150

Setting Sail

Setting Sail

Stone Country

Stone Country

Overtones

Overtones
oil on canvas diptych

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Artzine interview

See my featured interview in Artzine here by Robyn Werkhoven



Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Solastalgia Series

Above: Flower 1 oil on canvas 68 x 68cm

Solastalgia as opposed to nostalgia - the melancholia or homesickness experienced by individuals when separated from a loved home - "solastalgia" is the distress that is produced by environmental change impacting on people while they are directly connected to their home environment.

Below: Flower 2 oil on canvas 68 x 68cm

Saturday, October 6, 2012


Aesthetic Transgressions 
Exhibition of new imagery from Bernadette Smith and Mark Elliot-Ranken at Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Pidcock Street, Camperdown www.smithrankenart.com
for more info contact Mark at 0404265024

Aesthetic Transgressions at Chrissie Cotter Gallery is a two person exhibition of painting and photo media from October 10th to 21st October. Mark Elliot-Ranken and Bernadette Smith are artistic partners now based in Sydney. They spent many years living and working overseas where the influence of travel and diverse cultural experiences have found expression in an expanded sensibility. Both contemporary artists share an affinity although their aesthetic processes differ. Meet the artists in person and share in their creative insights.


Dr Mark Elliot-Ranken’s work has seen a steady refinement towards a minimalist aesthetic concentrating on surface, language and the exploration of space. His current works are large enigmatic canvases with a restricted palette concentrating on the act of painting and the ongoing creation of visual language exploring the terrain of the sub-conscious. Mark sees his work as dynamic expressions of space explored through the language of poetic mark-making. “This is the language of liberation - a state we all need to obtain to live rather than simply exist.” says Mark Elliot-Ranken.

Bernadette Smith MFA investigates the sensual depths of impasto surfaces and the viscous fusions that can occur through oil painting. Her paintings follow a finely honed aesthetic exploring the materiality of paint and surface structure where skeins of paint are pushed and pulled to reveal their quintessence.  In her experimental photography she plumbs psychosocial depths as imagery emerges out of the shadows into light. In both art forms Bernadette explores the core embodiment of the media. “Form becomes content representing synthesis in this process-based art research. The traces that remain are like an alchemical residue.” says Bernadette Smith.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Be Here Now - Small Works at Fire Gallery 1st August till 12th

"I am interested in exploring the sensual depths of impasto surfaces and the viscous fusions that can occur through oil painting. Form itself becomes content in this process-based painting. All that remains is an alchemical residue." Bernadette Smith

Small Art Works and installation by Bernadette Smith and Mark Elliot-Ranken

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Upcoming show at Fire Gallery

Thanks to everyone who supported our show at the Depot Gallery below. Our next exhibition will have a selection of small paintings, works on paper and an installation by Mark Elliot-Ranken from 1st till 12th August at Fire Gallery, 22 Enmore Road, Newtown, Sydney. Follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SmithrankenartStudios


Saturday, June 16, 2012

Exhibition of New Paintings at the Depot Gallery


The Depot Gallery 2 Danks Street, Waterloo, Sydney
26th-30th June

Bernadette Smith 
Bernadette Smith has an extensive international exhibition record both as a painter and photographer with work included in collections in Germany, France, Britain, Australia and the USA. She has had a solo exhibition in Berlin and her painting has been selected for the Mosman Art Prize and the Florence Biennale. 
"I am interested in exploring the sensual depths of impasto surfaces and the viscous fusions that can occur through oil painting. Form itself becomes content as the process of painting leads to an alchemical quest."http://artofbernadette.blogspot.com.au/
Mark Elliot-Ranken
 My works in this exhibition are the product of my current exploration of the act of painting as the creation of dynamic expressions of space. That is the space of creation as realized through paint and the physical actions that are painting. Through this I hope to create a space for the viewer to become aware of the alternative nature of creation, a realization that is a liberationary moment for those prepared to enter into such a space. This is explored through the language of poetry revealed in the act mark-making which is the language of liberation a state we all need to obtain to live rather than simply exist. http://artbymarkelliot-ranken.blogspot.com.au/

read more about our show at http://www.jcarolfi.com/spotlight/