"Warm Front" in foyer of SmithRanken Art Studio

"Warm Front" in foyer of SmithRanken Art Studio

Bernadette Smith was recently selected for a Bundanon Artist Residency and her art featured in the 2020 Canberra Festival of Art. She has been a finalist in the Mosman Art Prize, the Fishers Ghost Art Award and was highly commended at the Gosford Art prize. Her painting relates to the psychological and material traces inherent within the beachfront, coastal forests, littoral zones and hinterlands of Australia representing liminal spaces where the land meets the sea. The impasto surfaces and viscous fusions of oil paint achieved by constant reworking of the surface and underlying layers express the physicality of the land. Between cycles of fire, drought, floods and regrowth somehow the trees survive and eventually prosper revealing the corporeal legacy of the seasons but can never be taken for granted. ‘Intertidal Zone’ and ‘Estuary’ represents impressions and reflective surfaces found within mudflats and tidal wetlands of our coastal ecologies. ‘Fluidity’ is a painting of a tidal race where a fast incoming tide rips across shallow shoals and reefs. ‘Sea Change’ symbolizes the meeting of sky, sea and sand at the edge of the ocean. These paintings need time to observe slowly allowing the layers of meaning communicate on an intuitive level.

Visit her studio in Alexandria, Sydney by appointment or email bernadettesmithart@yahoo.com.au for more info

Flood Tide

Flood Tide
oil on canvas 137 x 137

Hover

Hover
153 x 153 cm oil on canvas

Sojourn

Sojourn
137 x 137 cm oil on canvas

Flux

Flux
120 x 137 cm, oil on canvas

River Crossing

River Crossing
'River Crossing' oil on canvas 120 x 120 cm

Terrain

Terrain
oil on canvas 130 x 130 cm

Subterannean

Subterannean
oil on canvas 101 x 168 cm

Verdure

Verdure
130 x 150 cm oil on canvas

Zaum

Zaum
oil on canvas 137 x 107 cm

Coast

Coast
120 x 120 cm oil on canvas

Break

Break
oil on canvas 152 x 137 cm

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

Vector

Vector
oil on canvas 100 x 100 cm

Warm Front

Warm Front
150 x150 cm oil on canvas

Ghost Gums

Ghost Gums
100 x 180 cm oil on canvas

Purple Rain

Purple Rain
183 x 83 cm oil on canvas

Capricornia

Capricornia
oil on canvas 150 x 120 cm

Red Wind

Red Wind
120 x 150 cm oil on canvas

Grain

Grain
90 x 180 cm oil on canvas

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

Nocturne 2

Nocturne 2
120 x 120 cm oil on canvas

States of Being

States of Being
90 x 180 cm oil on canvas

Timeline

Timeline
Triptych oil on canvas each panel 61 x 91 cm

Nightfall

Nightfall
3 oil on canvas panels 100 x 40 cm each

Sun Storm

Sun Storm
oil on wood, 100 x 90 cm

Pattern

Pattern
oil on canvas 3 panels 35 x 40cm each

Kakadu

Kakadu
150 x 120 cm

Southerly Change

Southerly Change
152 x112 cm oil on canvas

Setting Sail

Setting Sail
110 x 130 cm oil/acrylic on canvas

Synergy

Synergy
acrylic on canvas 120 x 150

Equivalence 2

Equivalence 2
oil on canvas 121 x 152 cm

Fluidity

Fluidity
137 x 137 cm oil on canvas

Incoming Tide

Incoming Tide
76 x 61 cm, oil on canvas

After the Fire

After the Fire
After the Fire

Overtones

Overtones
oil on canvas diptych

Friday, June 4, 2021

Sojourn

 oil on canvas 137 x 137 cm oil on canvas









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