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  Michael Smither - FINALIST Montana Book Awards Illustrative Category 2004 - ONLY 20 STANDARD EDITIONS REMAINING

Text by Trish Gribben
Contributions from Jim and Mary Barr and Justin Paton
Designed by Hannah Gordon at MH Communicates Limited

297 x 280mm hardcover with French-fold jacket
276 pages
250 full colour plates

Standard Edition $200 + p&p
Only 10 left

Collectors' Edition OUT OF PRINT
Only 100 in a crafted box set

Michael Smither is a painter who has devoted himself with passionate intensity to life as an artist. Born in New Plymouth, Taranaki, in 1939, Michael Smither has produced a vast and varied body of work that has been a major strand in the quest for identity that preoccupied the post-war generation of New Zealanders.

This book pay homage to Michael Smither as a painter and print-maker. The sequence in which the paintings appear is based largely but loosely, on the studios in which they were created, thus showing the work as it appeared, from studios all over New Zealand. There are seperate sections for the artist's prints, murals and explorations into the harmonics of colour.

In August 2004, Michael Smither was awarded a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the arts.

This book is a celebration of nearly 50 years work by one of New Zealand's most robust, challenging and colourful artists whose work is in every major collection. It takes readers / viewers on a visual journey to see the world as Michael Smither sees it, to witness the mastery of paint and techniques as early subjects are revisited in his flourishing years - and to experience the sense of awe and wonder that Michael Smither achieves in his paintings.

The quotes in the captions for the paintings are all from the artist.

Trish Gribben first wrote about Michael Smither when she lived in New Plymouth in 1966 and has been a friend of the artist every since. Michael Smither's art is braided into the Gribben family life. He began a mural on the wall of the Gribben family home in Auckland in 1977 and worked for more that 2500 hours on it over a decade while the three Gribben sons were growing up and Trish was writing her books. In 2004 Trish published a book for children, 'With My Little Eye - What Michael Smither Sees', based on 20 painting by the artist.




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