A realist / traditional artist

Henry Lowen-Smith

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About the artist

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.

Henry Lowen-Smith working on an oil painting.

Awards & Exhibitions

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

2020 due to unfortunate circumstances cancellation of Ashburton Art Gallery exhibition in November 2020 paint local and other landscape scenes Arthurs pass Karangarua river pass

2021 paint local scenes of landscape Erewhon , Mt Peel etc

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,

Ashburton Art Gakkery

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.

Gifted paintings

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.

Contact the artist

Send me your enquiries.  
I mainly sell from my home studio / gallery at the below address, and occasionally exhibit in selected galleries, you can check the about section above for more details.

I'm happy to be contacted directly regarding commissions and/or sales..

03 693 9030
59 Main North Road,
Geraldine, New Zealand
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