Michael Duncan Smither was born in New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand. He Attended Elam Art School in Auckland 1959-1960 and now lives on the Coromandel enjoying travelling throughout New Zealand exploring landscape, art galleries and collections of paintings.
In the 1960’s Michael began to explore the possibility of making screen-prints, having spent his early years witnessing his father, Bill Smither, working in that medium. Over the next 15 years Michael made approximately 250 different image screen-prints with his father. Later, at the request of many people, the signed editions began.
In 1985, after the death of Bill Smither, several years went by before Michael began making prints again, this time working with the screen himself.
These prints, were more concerned with his developing theories of how colour related to sound, which culminated with the ‘After Seurat’ Series printed in his present studio at Otama.
These prints and all subsequent prints are signed and numbered in the traditional manner. Michael now works with New Zealands leading art printers Artrite to continue his practice.