Tharien Smith

Tharien Smith

Artist Statement

A journey into a mystical, weightless world, this series of oil paintings refers to the strange innocence and beauty of a realm defined and upheld by the hypnotic qualities of water. In an ethereal sphere where the central character, Shani, seems to drift between child- and adulthood, dream and reality, light and dark, existential boundaries are both purified and dissolved.


Tharien graduated with a National Textile Diploma from TUT in 1995. She has spent most of her career working in various creative corporate environments, designing everything from furnishing fabrics to fashion, graphics and ceramic tiles. The artist resides in Cape Town combining skills to create beautiful artworks spanning across multiple mediums.

1992 – 1995 - National Textile Design Diploma –Tshwane University of Pretoria
1996 - TUT Photography & Fine Arts Course - Tshwane University of Pretoria – TUT
1996 - Calder School of Interior Design Certificate
1997 - SBDC/KSOK Certificate

AWARDS: 1992 – 1995 - Winner and runner up of several Show Case Competitions : Pretoria Botanical Gardens, Johnsons Ceramics International, Tiakeni Textiles in Swaziland & TUT PROFESSIONAL

1991 - 1995
Group exhibitions of Textiles & Fine Arts at Tshwane University Of Technology, Pretoria and Pietersburg

Solo exhibition 'Indians vs Nature' at Gallery On The Corner, Midrand, Johannesburg


'Flow' at 196 Victoria Road, Woodstock Cape Town