rebecca smallridge

Rebecca Smallridge, Ōtautahi - Christchurch

Rebecca is a visual artist working from her garden studio in Ōtautahi, Aotearoa New Zealand.  In 2021, Rebecca received a Master of Arts with Distinction under the supervision of ARA Creative Industries.  This qualification is an extension of the Bachelor of Design in Visual Arts which she achieved in 2009. Rebecca has an active exhibition practice  and has been included in group and solo shows since 2007. Her paintings, original woodblock prints and ceramics are held in public and private collections in Aotearoa and abroad. 

Rebecca and 'Grow"....

How has your art/ process/ aesthetic grown over time?

My art practice has experienced the biggest growth spurt when I've dedicated time to study. First with a visual art degree & more recently with a Master of Arts. Allowing the time & headspace to deep-dive into research & experimentation has been invaluable.

What positive change do you hope to evoke in viewers of your art?

I hope to draw attention to the ecological value of wild places, by illustrating the beauty & mauri present in the indigenous biodiversity of Aotearoa. Some folks have found my paintings to have a peaceful feel about them, so that's a positive too!

What is your favourite thing to grow? Anything you cant grow?  

My family is fortunate enough to be caretakers of a small former sheep paddock on the West Coast near Paparoa National Park. Over the years we have enjoyed planting native trees & watching the regeneration take place. We've witnessed a lot of young saplings getting eaten by sheep & goats, so as long as they're kept out we're winning!  

Artist Statement

My paintings explore the inherent beauty and ecological value of wild places, whilst examining the connections within nature and humanity's vital role of land stewardship.  I begin by creating puddles of wet on wet paint, ink, and natural pigments on the floor, which are later overlaid with botanical shadows and observational drawings. Imagined biospheres blur the seen and unseen to visually capture the mauri or life force present in Aotearoa’s indigenous ngahere – the forest.’


2023           Finalist in Zonta Female Art Awards

2021           Master of Arts with Distinction – Art Creative Industries

2020           Finalist in Zonta Female Art Awards

2019           Masters Scholarship – Ara Creative Industries

2010           Emerging Artists  - Solo show at CoCA Gallery

2009           Bachelor of Design in Visual Arts – Ara / CPIT

2009           1st prize Mortlock McCormack Law Art Awards

2009           1st prize Will Cummings Memorial Award

2009           Artwork selected for the Ara Art Collection