Born in 1991, NSW (Albury), Elynor Smithwick moved to Melbourne in 2014 where she began her studies in Visual Art. Elynor completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Honours (2019) and Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting (2018), at the Victorian College of the Arts as well as certificates 3 & 4 in Visual Arts at CAE, Melbourne (2014-2015). Elynor has been in various group exhibitions between 2016 – 2019, a few include That Place, The Set, The Process of Making, Proud, and Jon Campbell Farewell. In 2016 she held a joint exhibition A room for Improvement at The Wetlands Studio, Brunswick, with artist and sister Sophia Smithwick. In 2020 she was the recipient of The Macfarlane Fund Residency and in 2019 was the recipient of the Buller Arts Residency Award.
Elynor’s quiet, intimate oil paintings have a nostalgic quality about them – places that you might have been before, or scenes that feel close to home. ‘Usually I find my inspiration in small things, looking out windows, going on walks, returning somewhere, closing my eyes.’ – Elynor Smithwick.