Barry Ross Smith

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.

Man Of Steel Norfolk Hill The Drying Room Trig Station ii
National Pastime Calloused Veneer Extended Family Fusion
Testing The Waters How to Be Heritage Shelter From The Storm
The End of Innocence Muster Sheepshearer Clew
Midnight Oil Wet Feet High Tide Bookreader
Water Ring The Couple Madame Gen X Trophy Hunter
Dog Box Bobby Little Possum Hut
Caravan Retreat Natives Trig Station i
The Village The Edge of the World Buller (After Bill) The Birdhouse
Waterfront Villas Wanderer’s Nightsong ii The Arc The Garden
Ark ii Gannet Rock Freedom Camper Uncharted
The One Tree The Manor Last Light The Town
Dieffenbach's Rail