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Paul Smith

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Degree: Fine Art
University: Surrey Institute of Art and Design
Graduation Year: 1995

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Paul Smith utilises the fluid, bleeding properties of his medium to create dream like scenes : rooted in reality but with an unearthly luminescence. His economy of detail and attention to structured composition contributes to the surreal artifice of these not-quite-everyday vistas. As well as these constants in his style, Smith experiments with a range of painting techniques, displaying at times a brooding romantic flare,  at others, a sort of neon neo-modernism. Cryptic titles perhaps emphasise the malleability of the memory of a place, the tendency to distort scale, confuse small details, and attach greater significance to others.

Artist Statement

My work documents my interest in the lost and the found, what is passing out of memory and what is synthesized as trace in the landscape. Exploring lost places and capturing the essence of a moment of abandonment has been part of my practice since my earliest work, photographing the post-industrial landscape of the North East. More recently I have used these explorations of localities on the verge of returning to unofficial wilderness in dialogue with found material. Working between these two sources has informed a broader turn in my works to consider layerings and cuttings: the process of collage by which territory is shaped into landscape by human action.

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2016, Noise Rings, The Maltings, Farnham
2015, The Ice House, The Sanctuary, Northampton 
2013, Vanishing Points, Gallery cueB, London
2011, Paul Smith, VZ Gallery 

Group Exhibitions 

2017, The Discerning Eye 2017, Mall Galleries, London   (forthcoming November)

2017, Small World, PS Mirabel, Manchester

2017, Painting (Now), Studio One Gallery, London

2017, Three100, No Format Gallery, London

2017, Launch Event, Don't Walk Walk Gallery, Deal, Kent

2016, Paper Cuts, Transition Gallery, London

2016, The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London

2016, Contemporary British Painting Prize 2016, Richmond Riverside Gallery (Sept - Oct) and Huddersfield Art Gallery (Nov-Feb 2017) 

2016, Undead Painters Flash Salon II, ASC Bond House Gallery, London

2016, Anagrams, Kingston Museum

2016, The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London 

2016, Contemporary British Painting Prize, Richmond Riverside Gallery 

2015, Griffin Gallery Open, Griffin Gallery, London 

2015, Neo Art Prize, Neo Gallery 27, Bolton

2015, Shorlisted, The Gallery at Handmade Frames, Teddington

2015, Channeling, The Institution of Art & Ideas, Hay on Wye 

2015, Surface Tension, The Architect’s Gallery, Teddington 

2015, Pop Living, The Schwartz Gallery, London 

2014, Outside In, The Baxter Gallery, Kingston Upon Thames

2014, The Zeitgeist Open 14, Zeitgeist Art Projects, Bond House Gallery, London  

2014, AAF, JAMM, London

2013, The Time of Yellow, The Project Gallery, Arundel 

2013, The Zeitgeist Open 13, Zeitgeist Art Projects, Bond House Gallery, London

2013, LCB Takeover, LCB Depot and Fresh Meat Gallery,

2013, Leicester Fresh Meat Gallery Open, Cornflake, London

2012, Crash Open Salon, Charlie Dutton Gallery, London

2012, Diffraction, Nolias Gallery, London 

2011, All Around You, The Architect's Gallery, Teddington 

2010, DJ Selection, Duckett & Jeffreys Gallery, Malton

2010, Salon Art Prize, Matt Roberts Arts, London 

2009, Imperfect Recall, The Architect's Gallery, Teddington 

2009, Real and Unreal, The Architect's Gallery, Teddington 

2009, People and Places, The Architect's Gallery, Teddington 

2008, New Beginnings, Diesel House Studios, London

2006, Spirit of Llyn, Oriel Plas Glyn-Y-Weddw Gallery, Llanbedrog, Wales 
2006, Wilderness, Lecht Ski Centre, Cairngorm National Park, Scotland

Competitions, Prizes & Awards

2015, Griffin Gallery Open, Griffin Gallery, London
2015, Neo Art Prize, Neo Gallery 27, Bolton 
2015, Nominee - Contribution to Colour in the Arts, Dulux Let’s Colour Awards 
2014, 20x20, Sanctuary Gallery Open, Sanctuary Gallery, Northampton (winner)
2014, Open cueB, Gallery cueB, London (winner)
2014, Longlisted John Moore's Painting Prize 
2014, Longlisted - Threadneedle Prize
2015, Longlisted - National Open Art Prize

Original works:

Coast No. 6

By Paul Smith

£550

Garn

By Paul Smith

£550

Around the Top

By Paul Smith

£600

Fake Tan

By Paul Smith

£2400

Vinyl Colonial

By Paul Smith

£550

Vinyl Colonial IV

By Paul Smith

£1800

Seekers

By Paul Smith

£550

Under Cultivation

By Paul Smith

£2600

Ice House Circle

By Paul Smith

£1800

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Midday

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The Conversation

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All Flesh is Grass

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Black Dog

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Bathing Lake

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Black Box for Modern Living

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Beach House Fading Star

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Nimes II

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Orange Lovers

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Only After Dark

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The Chinese Garden

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Editions of You

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The Honeymoon

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Video Pool

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Homey

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Pavilion Trace II

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Hide

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