NEWS


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



2017


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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: https://www.accenture.com/ie-en/women-on-walls

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