Ian Kingsford-Smith sees himself as a visual storyteller: history, personal history, memory, family records, ambitions, fantasy, dreams, mythology and spirituality, all combine to create enigmatic narratives, working in a variety of media, from etchings, to acrylics and oils on wood, to linocuts and wood engravings. Ian Kingsford-Smith is a fulltime artist working in Sydney. He has studied painting with a number of leading New Zealand painters including Colin McCahon, Michael Smither and Toss Woollaston. Ian has had many solo exhibitions in Sydney, Auckland, Milan, Italy, New York, Melbourne, Auckland and Cairns and his works are in private and corporate collections in USA, Italy, Sweden, France, Germany, Wales, England, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia.
From 2017 he is represented by Monteoliveto Gallery, Nice (France) in an art European Tour of fairs and exhibitions including France, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Belgium, Spain, UK and Italy.
There, he had a solo exhibition in Milan curated by Monteoliveto Gallery at Home Museum Spazio Tadini and his work was accepted into the permanent collection of the Spazio Tadini Museum, Milan, Italy in August 2018 (Lineage man and three babies 2016).
Today, his AfterLife(2017) installation combining pictorial narratives with a kind of repository of life narratives, historic myths, the cycle of life, ancestor worship, archetypal experiences (love, despair, faith, etc) and more personal levels of experience is exhibited by Monteoliveto Gallery in many art fairs in Europe.