Barry Ross Smith was born in Northland, New Zealand. He initially trained as a sign writer, later working as a commercial artist overseas for many years before becoming a full time artist. Ross Smith has a very impressive exhibition history, including several sell out shows with SOCA gallery and Black Barn.
His work typically engages with the conception of myth and cultural identity, often exploring these avenues from a New Zealand male’s perspective. An ongoing concern throughout his career has been the interdependent relationships between people and their immediate environment, specifically the role of livestock in our food chain and our communion with the land & encompassing ocean. His work has been widely acclaimed by critics and described as “hymns to rural New Zealand … tellingly observed and cleverly rendered” by NZ Hearld Critic TJ Mcnamara.
Barry Ross Smith’s work features in public, private and corporate collections across New Zealand, Australia, Europe, North America and Asia.