Michael Smither

Bowl and Spoon


1000 x 700 mm



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About this artwork

“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.

Image Size: 845 x 600 mm
Paper Size: 1000 x 700 mm
Limited edition of: 50

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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