Intro 2

Bernadette Smith MFA is a cross disciplinary artist and art educator currently doing Higher Degree by Research studies at Sydney College of the Arts . She has lectured full time at Singapore’s National Institute of Education at Nanyang Technological University, Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory and the University of Newcastle. Smith has an extensive international exhibition record with work included in collections in Germany, France, Britain, Australia and the USA. Her work has been selected for the Mosman Art Prize and the Fishers Ghost Art Award.

Dr Mark Elliot-Ranken has been working as an artist and arts educator for three decades both within Australia and internationally. His work has been collected by both public and private collectors such as the Earl Lew collection in Singapore, the Prudential collection, USA and IGL Australia. Elliot-Ranken has completed a PhD at Newcastle University as well as lecturing in Fine Arts and is exploring the impact of travel on artists.

Buy from select galleries such as Linton and Kay Galleries in Perth or Graphis Art and Framing in Sydney or visit smithrankenART studio by appointment at Unit 10, 20 - 28 Maddox Street, Alexandria in Sydney. Contact Mark and Bernadette on 0404265024 or email bernadette2paint@yahoo.com.au

Recent foyer installation at Chrissie Cotter Hall in Camperdown

Friday, June 7, 2019

Threads solo show by Mark Elliot-Ranken at Disorder Gallery


Leda and the Swan
Suppose you came as an explorer into an unknown country with a language quite strange to you. In what circumstances would you say that the people there gave order“Suppose you came as an explorer into an unknown country with a language quite strange to you. In what circumstances would you say that the people there gave orders, understood them, rebelled against them and so on. The common behaviour of mankind is the system of reference by means of which we interpret an unknown language.”
- Ludwig Wittgenstein Philosophical Investigations
Wittgenstein's words inspired Mark Elliot-Ranken's latest series of abstracts, varied in scale, subject matter and in the unique approach of Mark's distinctive visual 'language'.
According to Mark “To do as Wittgenstein asks us to do, that is create or at least try and interpret that ‘unknown language’ especially in regard to the terrain of our inner world is to pick up the threads of our own self…that which makes ‘our-self’. Such a language is a tool for exploration rather than simply communication.”
Mark Elliot-Ranken's Threads opens Thursday June 6th from 6-8pm and runs through Saturday June 22nd at Disorder Gallery corner Stanley and Bourke Street Darlinghurst.

Threads exhibition opening at Disorder Gallery

Friday, October 26, 2018

In Translation - Group Show at Verge Gallery, University of Sydney

Interactions 1 and 2 by Bernadette Smith at Verge Gallery

In Translation Group Show at Verge
Fiona Davies, Merryn Hull, Nerine Martini, Bernadette Smith, and Eila Vinwynn
To translate is to convert something from one form into another; aiding communication and meaning across languages, times, cultures, or mediums. In Translation brings together the work of five postgraduate artists from Sydney College of the Arts: Fiona Davies, Merryn Hull, Nerine Martini, Bernadette Smith, and Eila Vinwynn. As each artist translates their ideas across different mediums, meanings are continually challenged and restructured. Their investigations range from the refraction of light to material transformations, from structures of language to the intersection between life and death.
Curated by students currently studying the Masters of Art Curating at the University of Sydney, In Translation coincides with three further exhibitions at Sydney College of the Arts, which feature each artist in more depth. With this collaboration across campuses comes the movement and ‘translation’ of artworks and ideas from one space to another, and the consideration of each artist, curator and viewer as both ‘translator’ and meaning-maker.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Latest paintings from our artist blogs.

Zone by Bernadette Smith

see Bernadette's blog for all her latest paintings here

see Mark's Blog for more new paintings here.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

New Work from Mark Elliot-Ranken and Bernadette Smith


Remembrance 120 x 150 cm

Sea Change at Hyams 120 x 150 cm

Salt Trace 150 x 150 cm
Blue Lace 100 x 100 cm

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Ancestor Boat

Ancestor Boat
1.5 x 3 metres acrylic on canvas

Equinox 1 and 2

Equinox 1 and 2
archival dye sublimated print on aluminium circle and acrylic block print

Resurgence

Resurgence
1500 x 1500 mm

Nocturne

Nocturne
150 x 150 cm oil on canvas

Small Enigmas

Small Enigmas
90 x 110 cm acrylic on canvas painting by Mark Elliot-Ranken

Sea Change

Sea Change
152 x 122 cm oil on canvas

Trace

Trace
acrylic on canvas 120 x 150 cm

Equivalence 2 by Bernadette Smith

Equivalence 2 by Bernadette Smith
152 x 122 cm oil on canvas

smithrankenART at Danks Street Gallery

smithrankenART at Danks Street Gallery

Virtual exhibition tour

View the 2012 catalogues below for a selection of work best viewed large by clicking the icon 2nd from the right of viewer below.

Foyer of smithrankenART studio

Foyer of smithrankenART studio
Warm Front by Bernadette Smith

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