Bartok "Wedding Dance"

Michael Smither, Artist

This is one of the prints in our collection. It was made in New Zealand in 1980.
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Object Detail

Image: 490 x 673mm
As well as a visual artist Smither is also a composer and musician. He has been interested for decades in the relationship between colour and sound/music. The connection he has made is scientific and rational rather than emotive, using the colour spectrum and octaves, for example Smither took the note A – the lowest frequency – and the colour red, which is the base of the lowest frequency of the colour spectrum. This makes his work as much a musical composition as much as a painting. Smither temporarily gave up painting for music in the 1970s and this work comes from the period directly after this. He says of the two fields - "I probably spend more time on my music these days than on my painting and in some small way have made a satisfactory combination of the two disciplines."
- Michael Smither, Otama, December2010
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased. 1982.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
20 Jan 1982



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