• Tharien Smith

    South Africa

    Tharien Smith
    • Artist Statement
      • A journey into a mystical, weightless world, this series of oil paintings refers to the strange innocence and beauty of a realm defined and upheld by the hypnotic qualities of water. In an ethereal sphere where the central character, Shani, seems to drift between child- and adulthood, dream and reality, light and dark, existential boundaries are both purified and dissolved.
    • Biography
      • Tharien graduated with a National Textile Diploma from TUT in 1995. She has spent most of her career working in various creative corporate environments, designing everything from furnishing fabrics to fashion, graphics and ceramic tiles. The artist resides in Cape Town combining skills to create beautiful artworks spanning across multiple mediums.

        1992 – 1995 - National Textile Design Diploma –Tshwane University of Pretoria
        1996 - TUT Photography & Fine Arts Course - Tshwane University of Pretoria – TUT
        1996 - Calder School of Interior Design Certificate
        1997 - SBDC/KSOK Certificate

        AWARDS: 1992 – 1995 - Winner and runner up of several Show Case Competitions : Pretoria Botanical Gardens, Johnsons Ceramics International, Tiakeni Textiles in Swaziland & TUT PROFESSIONAL

        1991 - 1995
        Group exhibitions of Textiles & Fine Arts at Tshwane University Of Technology, Pretoria and Pietersburg

        Solo exhibition 'Indians vs Nature' at Gallery On The Corner, Midrand, Johannesburg


        'Flow' at 196 Victoria Road, Woodstock Cape Town
    • Interview
      • Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
        William Kentridge and Judith Mason are my favourite South African artists. I love Porky Hefer, his work is whimsical and magical. BTW, South Africa is trending! Love it! I have always been fascinated with textiles and outrageous fashion designers like Alexander McQueen and Alberta Ferretti. Japanese artist Mariko Kusumoto is hugely inspiring and trend setting.

        Which South African deceased artist do you most admire and why?
        Pierneef. Most of his landscapes were of the Highveld, which provided a lifelong source of inspiration for him.  Pierneef's style was to reduce and simplify the landscape to geometric structures, using flat planes, lines and colour to present the harmony and order in nature. This resulted in a formalised, ordered and often monumental view of the South African landscape, uninhabited and with dramatic light and colour.

        Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?
        Throughout all my travels, I always try to visit museums and galleries. The most profound was The Uffizi Gallery in Tuscany, Italy. The magnitude and size of the museum and artworks are incredible and boasts exceptional collections of paintings and ancient sculptures. Among the paintings dating back to the 14th century and Renaissance period, plenty of masterpieces by Giotto, Simone Martini, Leonardo, Raffaello, Michelangelo and Caravaggio had great impact. I have great respect for the old Renaissance masters, their skill, time and devotion is admirable. I also find the street graffiti of various European countries & SA very beautiful, colourful and charming. PS. Seeing Mona Lisa at The Louvre in real life was very disappointing!

        Where do you get your inspiration for your work?
        Life, love, colour, nature and music.

        Do you have any rituals or habits involving your art-making that you can tell us about?
        I can not paint without music. For an outsider my workspace will look extremely messy and dis-organized, but I know exactly where to find that one tiny special paint brush…

        What do you like most about being an artist?
        For me being creative is a blessing and am passionate and grateful for it. I like to explore, experiment with and challenge myself.

        How do you handle bad days when you experience artist's block?
        I don’t know what is worse, frustration or artist’s block? Because they go hand in hand. I always tell myself not to get despondent, it will pass. Getting out and about, going for walks in the mountain or even in a busy market full of people and food - all remedies. Eventually you will have an epiphany…

        What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
        It is always very liberating to see some of your previous ceramic tile and textile designs in the market at random places. Least expected.

        Do you feel that you want to make a difference to the world or in people's lives? If yes, how?
        Yes! I would love to be the one responsible for world peace… but alas. But seriously. Yes, hopefully by the end of 2016 I would have achieved my goal and be very close in launching my own fabric range. If all goes according to plan I will have to train and employ a helper or two. My aim is for this sidekick to grow bigger and to involve more people from the community. Also, I love dogs! I wish I could adopt thousands!

        What are your plans for the coming year?
        Achieve my goals, travel, grow and enjoy life! Paint every day and become famous!
        PS. I’m waiting for my artists block to disappear so that I can launch my fabric range early 2017!
  • seapoint promenade painting tharien smith THARIEN SMITH
    Seapoint Promenade
    Painting / 170 x 90 cm
  • companys' garden painting tharien smith THARIEN SMITH
    Companys' Garden
    Painting / 60 x 90 cm
  • city lights painting tharien smith THARIEN SMITH
    City Lights
    Painting / 90 x 60 cm
  • abbey road painting tharien smith THARIEN SMITH
    Abbey Road
    Painting / 150 x 120 cm
  • cityscape: taxi, cape town @ 6 a.m. painting tharien smith THARIEN SMITH
    Cityscape: Taxi, Cape Town @ 6 A.M.
    Painting / 60 x 60 cm
  • keep on walking painting tharien smith
    Keep On Walking
    Painting / 120 x 120 cm
  • rush hour painting tharien smith
    Rush Hour
    Painting / 90 x 60 cm
  • amber rain mixed media tharien smith
    Amber Rain
    Mixed Media / 38 x 76 cm
  • life in orange mixed media tharien smith
    Life In Orange
    Mixed Media / 84 x 60 cm
  • cityscape: the crossing painting tharien smith
    Cityscape: The Crossing
    Painting / 125 x 84 cm
  • agent orange mixed media tharien smith
    Agent Orange
    Mixed Media / 84 x 60 cm
  • cityscape: walk the line mixed media tharien smith
    Cityscape: Walk The Line
    Mixed Media / 160 x 60 cm
  • cityscape: world of lines mixed media tharien smith
    Cityscape: World Of Lines
    Mixed Media / 100 x 150 cm
  • cityscape: hope street, 4 a.m painting tharien smith
    Cityscape: Hope Street, 4 A.M
    Painting / 60 x 60 cm
  • bree st cape town: 6 a.m painting tharien smith
    Bree St Cape Town: 6 A.M
    Painting / 90 x 60 cm
  • rush painting tharien smith
    Painting / 82 x 124 cm
  • drench painting tharien smith
    Painting / 160 x 60 cm