Nick Duval-Smith was born and educated in Ōtepoti (Dunedin). He studied at the Otago Polytechnic School of Fine Arts from 1988 to 1990, and again in 2007 and 2008, majoring in sculpture and jewellery. He now lives in Motueka, and his studio is at Frost and Fire, the Tasman gallery and workspace started by Darryl Frost.
Duval-Smith’s creative practice offers opportunities to relax and play with sculpture that moves and lasts. In terms of shapes, he searches for a meeting point between his love for natural form and for simplicity. He makes art that you can attach meaning to, and make your own stories with.