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Paul Smith

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

New Blood Art Statement

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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.

Solo Exhibitions

2018, The Staithes Paintings, Staithes Studios Gallery, Staithes, North Yorkshire
2018, Field Notes: Painting the Anthropocene, 1 Paved Court, Richmond Upon Thames
2017, This is This, Don't Walk Walk, Deal, Kent

Group Exhibitions

2019, Supernature, The Auxiliary, Middlesbrough
2019, The Jackson's Open Painting Prize, Affordable Art Fair, London
2019, Out of Place, One Paved Court, Richmond Upon Thames
2018, Twice as Nice, PS Mirabel, Manchester
2018, My Muybridge, Kingston Museum, Kingston Upon Thames

Competitions, Prizes & Awards

2016, Contemporary British Painting Prize, Shortlisted
2016, Jackson's Open Art, Shortlisted
2016, Anagrams, Kingston Museum, Judge's Choice.
2019, The Jackson's Painting Prize, Shortlisted

Original works:

Garn

By Paul Smith

£550

Around the Top

By Paul Smith

£600

Fake Tan

By Paul Smith

£2500

Vinyl Colonial

By Paul Smith

£550

Vinyl Colonial IV

By Paul Smith

£1800

Seekers

By Paul Smith

£550

Under Cultivation

By Paul Smith

£2500

Summer Painter

By Paul Smith

£550

Who Goes

By Paul Smith

£550

Ring Wood

By Paul Smith

£550

Prop Up

By Paul Smith

£550

Russian Bathers

By Paul Smith

£3800

Hives

By Paul Smith

£450

Ice House Circle

By Paul Smith

£1800

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Sphairistikè

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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

By Paul Smith

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Bathing Lake

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Black Box for Modern Living

By Paul Smith

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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

By Paul Smith

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The Honeymoon

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Woman Driving, Man Sleeping

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Nimes I

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The Mill

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I am the Hunter

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Girl in the Glade

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The Drowned World

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The Butterfly Collector

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The Kindness of Strangers

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Video Pool

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Trace a Circle

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Here in the Pool

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Huts 1 & 2

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Eau de

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Homey

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The Woodlanders

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Pavilion Trace II

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Hide

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The Beekeeper's Shadow

By Paul Smith

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