A realist / traditional artist painting in oils, I, Henry Lowen-Smith, have been painting for 50 years and full time since 1978.
Prior to 1980, I painted as Harry Smith.
Formally of Ashburton, now residing in Geraldine. Born 1935 in the farming community of Wakanui, Mid. Canterbury.
I have travelled extensively throughout New Zealand, nearly every road from Kaitaia to the Bluff on painting trips, and abroad seeking scenes for exhibitions.
A life member of the Ashburton Art Society since it's inception and also a committee member for many years.
An artist member of the Otago Society of Arts
Listed as Henry Lowen-Smith at Te Papa Wellington and the Auckland Art Gallery.
I have paintings in private and corporate collections worldwide, and several exhibitions and guest exhibitions throughout New Zealand and overseas; paintings in many corporate, Government and local presentations, ICI 10 commissions, Lady Blundell 2 commissions, Government Prince of Nepals Coronation, Local council to The Shiozawa City Council and others.
1944-50 selected for the Childrens Touring art exhibition
1951 entry to the University of Canterbury School of Fine Art
1952 -56 Studied Achitecture and Joinery
1956 resumed art
1958 loss of sight to one eye
1969 Kelliher Award , 1st Prize Auckland Easter Exhibition
1970 Kelliher Award, three paintings purchased by the Ashburton District Council
1970 -77 Tutored College and Private Art Class's presentation by a client of a painting to the Ashburton College
1074 Government presentation to the Prince of Nepal on his Coronation' two commissions by Lady Blundell, ICI commission of ten paintings
1975 Centre Point Sydney Exhibition New Zealand promotions
1975 -79 finalist Tokaroa Art Awards
1975 purchase by the Ashburton District Council on the Ashburton Centenary
1975 solo exhibition Fishers Gallery Colombo Street Christchurch
1076 solo exhibition Fishers Gallery Christchurch, solo invited exhibition Tokoroa Art Society
1977 finalist Tokoroa Art Awarsds , Merit Oamaru Art Awards , Chemist's Guild calendar
t978-79 solo Ttiangle Gallery , Upstairs Gallery Ashburton
1980 Guest speaker and artist Oamaru Art Awards
1981 Guest Artist Whakatane Art Society
1982 invited joint exhibition Blackmores Hastings , 1st Prize Roxburgh Art Awards
1983 invited joint exhibition Blackmores Hastings ,
1984- 87 Local society and other society exhibitions , exhibit in Auckland and Wellington Galleries
1989 Presentation to the Shiozawa City , Japan by the Ashburton District Council , exhibit various galleries
1990 Finalist King Country Art Awards , selected fot the National Mutual touring art exhibition
1991 Four joint exhibitions Downtown Hilton Gallery , Auckland , solo Giltedge Gallery Petone
1992 Four joint exhibitions Downtown Hilton Gallery , Auckland , Giltedge Gallery Petone
1993 four joint exhibitions Downtown Hilton Gallery , Auckland , 1997 invited to exhibit Riversdale Art Gallery
1994-96 Four joint exhibitions Downtown Hilton Gallery , Auckland
1997 Australian Snowy Mountains and NSW trip , Finalist Camberwell Art Awards, Victoria
1998 Otago Art Society , Ashburton Art Society
1999 solo exhibition Little River Gallery , various Art Societies
2000 solo exhibition Little River Gallery ,
2001 build own gallery in Ashburton
2002-6 various galleries and societies
2007 #rd prize in the Edinburgh Art Award ,
2009 -10 build and open my studio and gallery 59 Main North Road Geraldine
2011 finalist ArtXXX Art Awards , Peters Doig Art Awards , Aspiring Art Awards
2012 invited to exhibit Stratford City Gallery ,
2013 -15 write and illustrate my book , Canterbury as I saw it
2016 Publish my book , Canterbury as I saw it
2017 Ashburton Art Society
2018 -19 Ashburton Art Society , commissions, working on paintings for an exhibition at the Ashburton Art Gallery in 2020
started work on a new book to complement my first book Canterbury how I saw it
Guest Artist at- Tokoroa , Whakatane , Oamaru , Waimate , Roxburgh , Ashburton Art Societies
Some private and corporate collections - Panorama Motor lodge , DB Breweries , Christchurch Public Hospital , Ashburton District Council , ICI Wellington , Ashburton Licencing Trust , Shiozawa City Council , Lady Blundell , Swift and Co , Christchurch , N.Z. Sugar Company , Dr Hogg collection , Prince of Nepal , Defiance Mills , Brisbane , Ashburton College , Meriton Properties Ltd, Sydney , Hickory Travel , Oamaru Public Hospital , Wrightson NMA , Peter Cates Ltd,
Exhibited and exhibitions at, Downtown Hilton Gallery Auckland , Mc Gregor Wright Gallery Wellington , Redcliffes NSW , Giltedge Gallery Petone , Centre Point , Sydney , Shona McFarlanes Moray Gallery , Dunedin
Fishers Fine Arts , Christchurch , Tokoroa Art Society , Bundanoon Gallery NSW , Tumbarumba NSW ,
Northport Alabama USA , Whakatane Art Society , Little River Gallery , Roslyn Gallery, Dunedin ,
Starr Gallery Hamilton , Blackmores Hastings , Putururu Gallery , Otago Art Society , Ashburton Art Society ,
Articles , Christchurch Press , Dunedin Otago Daily Times , Ashburton Courier , Timaru Courier ,
High Country Herald , Four Corners Magazine , Ashburton Guardian , Auckland and Wellington papers.
St Johns for cadet uniforms . St Johns for rooms.
Cot death raised $7000-00
Geraldine High school for rugby trip expenses
Port Chalmers Primary School for funds
Port Vila International School Vanutu for funds
other schools for funds
I mainly sell from my home studio / gallery at 59 Main North Road, Geraldine, and occasionally exhibit in selected galleries.
Commissions accepted. Free Courier within N.Z.
I'm happy to be contacted directly regarding commissions or sales.