May Smith (1906-88) New Zealand

Biographical Information

Born in India in 1906, May Smith arrived in Auckland in 1921 and studied at the Elam School. In 1928 she went to London and continued her studies at the Royal College of Art. She worked as a fabric designer and exhibited with the London Group before returning to New Zealand in 1939. Here she continued painting, fabric designing and printing as well as teaching. She retired from teaching art at Epsom Girls' Grammar School in 1967, and settled in Coromandel where she continued to paint. Her painting style is usually semi-abstract and painted in richly decorative colours. She died in 1988. Edit or add to this biography

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Wanganui Island (Triptych)
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Wanganui Island (Triptych)
Watercolour, 22.5 x 133.5 cm
Selected Works from the Fletcher Trust Collection, International Art Centre, Auckland.
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 Total number soldNumber with imagesHighest priceRecent average price*
Paintings63A$1,295 N/A
Works on Paper3511A$3,182 N/A

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