Michael Smither

Bowl and Spoon



700 × 1000 mm


About this artwork

Image Size: 600 x 845mm
Paper Size: 700 x 1000mm

“I believe it’s best to let people have some room for interpretation of a work, especially ones that have a bowl and spoon as a symbolic quality.
There’s a strong element of Oliver Twist here.
The empty bowl seems to ally itself to hunger and need.
Maybe I’m giving away too much. Initially it was a visual moment of light and dark that moved me.
These weird ideas come from spending so much time alone in front of the easel.”
- Michael Smither

This limited edition screenprint is a reproduction of an original painting produced in 1974.

Artist bio

“Michael Smither was made a CNZM in 2004 for his services to art.  It is important to acknowledge and celebrate the work and achievement of this New Zealand artist who shows us so much of where we come from and of what shapes us.”

- Helen Clark, former Prime Minister & Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage

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