Michael Duncan Smither
This painting of a religious procession in the rain is a slightly atypical subject for Smither. As a young man, the artist used to do a lot of work for St Joseph’s Church in New Plymouth. Among the church community at that time was a man called Father Duggan. Smither attended the funeral for a Mr Duggan only to discover that this was not actually the same man. On finding this out he proceeded to document the event in a series of sketches.
Michael Duncan Smither (1939–) was born in New Plymouth, Taranaki. He studied art at Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland and then returned to Taranaki where much of his significant work was produced during the 1960s. He was the Frances Hodgkin’s Fellow in 1970 at the University of Otago which led an ongoing series of works based on domesticate scenes, commonly featuring his children. He is currently based in Coromandel.
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378 x 600mm (image)