Michael Smither

Oranges in a Seagrass Basket


1000 x 700 mm



or 6 weekly interest-free payments from $200 with Laybuy what's this?

About this artwork

“The seagrass basket was used as a navigation aid by Polynesian voyagers. I considered the fall of light on the weave and began to get some idea of how this may have been so. Of course, most people are impressed by the oranges but this painting is about the basket”.

“Oranges in a Seagrass Basket’ is considered by many people to be one of my iconic works”.

“There are two versions in oils, one medium sized, which paid for our solar heating equipment at Mt.View Place and one large, that lives on the wall of a friends in New Plymouth and is reproduced in Ron Sang’s publication “Michael Smither, Painter”.”

“The second edition, 2015, smaller than the original screenprint, with a few still available, Priced at $400, Edition of 50, Size 223 x 310”.

“A third signed edition, larger, in response to demand is now available”. – Michael Smither

Image Size: 830 x 620 mm
Paper Size: 1000 x 700 mm
Limited edition of: 65

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

View full bio

Shipping & Delivery

New Zealand Orders

FREE Shipping*
Couriered with Poste Haste or Castle Parcels.

* online orders only, unframed prints & small sculpture.  Contact the gallery for quotes for framed artworks or paintings.

International Orders

Shipping included in orders over $800*
International Courier with NZ Post.