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Archive > Ian Kingsford Smith, Pilgrimage Prints

Exhibition from 14 November - 27 November 2014

Our lives are punctuated by events that take on symbolic significance. The role of these types of events within the narration of our lives is a central theme of the exhibition. There is a continuum between our lingering need to narrate our lives and the historic role of myth in comprehending the significance of collective experiences. Drawing on insights from comparative mythology, experiences have been isolated that have historically been attributed with symbolic significance by diverse cultures, such as the ‘Warmth of Others’ or ‘Touch the Ocean’. The works in the exhibition focus on the connectedness of humankind, the mystery and magic of human experiences and the five elements: earth, water, fire, wind and void.

Ian Kingsford-Smith is a fulltime artist working in Sydney. He has studied painting with a number of leading New Zealand painters including Colin McCahon, Michael Smither and Toss Woollaston. In 2012 he learnt intaglio printmaking and recently had works selected to hang in the Inkmasters Print Exhibition at the Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, August 2014.

Ian has had solo exhibitions at Gaffa Gallery, Sydney in 2014, Global Gallery, Sydney in 2013 (Dreams in Captivity), 2012 (Australian Stories) 2011 (Dingoes) 2010 (Trees on Paper) and group exhibitions in painting and printmaking. Previously he has had solo and group exhibitions in Auckland, Dunedin and Palmerston North, New Zealand.

His work is represented in private and corporate collections in Sweden, France, Wales, England, New Zealand and Australia.