Artist works from the heart

22:12, Sep 30 2012
Carmen Owen painting
GET IT STRAIGHT: Darryl Smith gets a hand hanging his ‘‘Smiling Dragon’’ from the Bank Art Gallery manager Carmen Owen, ahead of tonight’s opening of his exhibition, ‘‘My New Journey’’.

An Ohai artist whose work has included pieces for families of Pike River victims and people affected by Christchurch earthquakes, will open a new exhibition in Invercargill tonight.

My New Journey, an exhibition by Darryl Smith, will be opened at the Bank Art Gallery by Invercargill MP Eric Roy.

The opening marks a new stage in Smith's career which took off when, left homeless after the Christchurch earthquake, he headed to Ohai.

He began painting seriously, sending work to fellow Christchurch people caught in the quake, and to the families of the 29 Pike River miners.

His generosity earned him gratitude expressed in letters sent by heads of state “to me, in Ohai".

The artist, building on that success, has developed a new style: big vivid works expressing, in acrylic and oil, anger, sorrow, fear, hope, love and triumph.

The 41-work show will run daily until October 26.

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