Born in New Plymouth in 1939, Michael Smither was educated at New Plymouth Boys’ High School and Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland.
Michael Smither has produced a vast and varied body of work over his career, translating his intimate observations of his local environments, family and friends, and everyday objects. His artworks have come to sit alongside our notion of identity as New Zealanders, and have cemented his position as one of this country’s leading exponents of the realist style.
In more recent years Smither has focused on the interrelationships between art and music. As a composer and pianist, Smither has developed a unique understanding of the correlation between the world of colour and the world of sound. This led to the development of his own visual harmonic chart, which formed the basis of a series of abstract paintings.
Smither continues to explore the interrelationship between the vibrations of individual notes and their corresponding colours. His bold and exuberant paintings and sculptures are lyrical and uplifting, creating a sonorous experience of vibrancy and harmony that delights the senses.
Smither has held many prestigious one-man shows in New Zealand and Australia. His paintings are held in numerous public collections including Auckland Art Gallery and Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand. His work is also included in significant private collections throughout New Zealand and overseas.
Michael Smither was the subject of a book, Michael Smither Painter, published by Ron Sang Publications in 2004. Smither now lives and works north of Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula.