Barry Smith is a metal-worker, sculptor and assemblage artist based in Maleny in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Barry loves texture, patina and rust; and spends time salvaging, recycling and upcycling materials and objects for his unique art works.
Barry has four different but related streams of artwork:
- Hammered metal objects;
- Small indoor sculptures and assemblages; and
- Larger outdoor sculptures and assemblages.
Barry has exhibited in joint exhibitions with his wife Fiona Dempster; and in group exhibitions-shows across Australia and overseas.
Barry was a finalist in the 2009 Southern Cross University Artists’ Book award and was acquired for the university collection. His work Futility was part of the international 1418 Pieces for Peace artists’ book exhibition (2014) in Ypre; and was acquired for the Redland Council’s artists’ book collection. He was judged second in the 2014 Aspects Art Show open art section; and his work was acquired. He won the 2015 Aspect Art Show open art section. He won the 3D section of the 2015 Blackall Heartland Festival Art Exhibition. He was a finalist and was shortlisted in the Sunshine Coast Inaugural Environmental Art Award 2015.
Barry’s work is held in private collections in Australia, Japan, USA, UK, Indonesia and South Africa.
Barry carries out metal-work, jewellery and sculptural (indoor and outdoor) commissions.