Sunday September 9th 2018

The Art Car Boot Fair in Russborough House

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This will be a fabulous day out. An art fair like no other, buy unique artworks and collectibles from Ireland's most talented artists in this creative take on the traditional car boot sale. Over 40 of irelands best fine Artist’s will all turn up to sell stuff thats leftover from therir studios and other sidelines in Russborough House, Wicklow - one of Irelands finest stately homes.. Apart from selling a few interesting things I’ll be doing Portrait drawings on the day - and you can find out more and book one of just 8 Portrait slots with me HERE.  PJ lynch, the great illustrtor and my good Friend Joe Dunne RHA will also be doing portraits on the day and if you can book a sitting with them HERE.

Book tickets to the Art Car Boot Fair


Summer 2018

Currently on show in the RHA Annual Summer show are 6 works, among them “My Parents”, oil on canvas, 100 x 70 cm, 2018

"Blaise Smith shows My Parents, a disarmingly tender portrait in which the grey-haired pair sit at either end of a wooden dining table with their laptops; his father concentrating, with shoulders hunched, his mother with her handbag resting at her feet.” -Cristin Leach in The Sunday times Culture Section, Sunday May 27th 2018

My Parents, Allen and Elizabeth


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There is a feature in the summer 2017 edition of the Irish Arts Reviewn on Blaise Smith’s  portrait of eight scientists for the Royal irish Academy. The portrait won the Irish US Council/Irish Arts Review Portrait Award at the 187th RHA annual Exhibition. 

There is a 52 minute documentary about the project here:


See more here:

8 Scientists

The painting is currently on view in the Royal Irish Academy on Dawson Street, Dublin.

He has also just completed a major commission for the OPW and Waterford City and County Council. Waterford 2016 is a panoramic landscape painting of the city. It is 5 metres (16 feet) wide and made up of 52 separate panels. The painting took over 6 months to complete. It was launched in October and is on permanent display in the Vestibule of Waterford County Hall next to the Theatre Royal. 

You can listen to a Lyric FM radio interview with Blaise about the project here:

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Blaise Smith unwraps Waterford 2016 - picture: Patrick Browne

Small size Waterford painting

Waterford 2016 - click to enlarge

You can see a short (7 minute) film about the background to the painting here:

Also a quick 1 minute  preview of some of the individual panels:

All text and images © Blaise Smith 2017