Michael Smither — Bowl and Spoon
  • Bowl and Spoon(Cropped)
  • Bowl and Spoon(Framed)
  • Bowl and Spoon(Signature)
  • Bowl and Spoon(Reverse)
  • Bowl and Spoon(Additional 1)
  • Bowl and Spoon(Additional 2)

Lot 19838



New Zealand, b. 1939

Bowl and Spoon


Oil on board

167 x 120 cm

Signed & dated 74 lower left


NZD $53,000
(incl. BP & GST if applicable)

Auction Closed

Tue. Jun. 26 2012 at 8:00pm (NZST)

Lot Notes

I believe it's best to let people have some room for interpretation of a work, especially ones that have a bowl and spoon as a symbolic quality. There's a strong element of Oliver Twist here. The empty bowl seem to ally itself to hunger and need. Maybe I'm giving away too much. Initially it was a visual moment of light and dark that moved me. These weird ideas come from spending so much time alone in front of the easel. Michael Smither

Reference: MICHAEL SMITHER PAINTER by Trish Gribben, Published by Ron Sang Publications, pg 146.


This painting is available for viewing at Ocula Galleries, Level 1, 25 Sale St, Freemans Bay, Auckland. Please phone (09) 303 3126 to make an appointment or feel free to come by the gallery anytime between 9am - 5pm weekdays.


Artist Profile

Michael Smither was born in New Plymouth (1939) in the North Island of New Zealand. He attended the University of Auckland, School of Fine Arts - Elam (1959-60) and his early work revealed a sombre, but impressive painterly vision of the New Zealand landscape. He achieved early success, attracting the attention of Australian art writer, Bernard Smith, who wrote on Smither’s work in Australian art publications.

Smither was the recipient of the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship at the University of Otago, Dunedin in 1969, completing a number of his most accomplished paintings during this residency. These focused on depicting the Otago landscape and domestic scenes of his family life. Although Smither paid homage to regionalism in a painting titled Memoriam to Rita Angus, (1970), his work was also included in a survey exhibition of New Zealand expressionist artists, Anxious Images (1984), confirming the depth of his engagement with the human condition and the range of his practice as a serious artist. Though it's probably for the works that depict the Taranaki landscape of his childhood that Smither is most well known.

Smither’s work is held in the collections of the Auckland Art Gallery and the Museum of New Zeland - Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington amongst many other public and private collections in New Zealand.

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Private collection Auckland, purchased International Art Centre early 2000's.


Published in MICHAEL SMITHER PAINTER by Trish Gribben, Published by Ron Sang Publications, pg 146/147.

Signature and Inscriptions

Signed in brushpoint lower leftL M.D.S 74

Condition and Measurements

Excellent condition. Frame has some slight dings, scuffs but hardly noticeable and in keeping with age.

This painting is available for viewing at Ocula Galleries, Level 1, 25 Sale St, Freemans Bay, Auckland. Please phone (09) 303 3126 to make an appointment or feel free to come by the gallery anytime between 9am - 5pm weekdays.



Excluding Frame:
167 cm
120 cm
Overall Size (including frame, if applicable):
169 cm
122 cm
3 cm

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Artwork Dimensions (including frame, if applicable): 169 x 122 x 3 cm
Artwork Weight: 20 KG

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