43 x 71 cm | 16 x 27 in
Original painting in oil on canvas.
"When my father in law died we adopted his Border Collie, a sad and at the time vulnerable dog visibly showing signs of grieving. After we scattered his ashes at Kirkcarrion on the Pennine Way above Middleton in Teesdale we returned to build a small cairn and make another failed attempt at launching lanterns. The painting is really about a grieving process, and how utterly faithful a companion a dog is."
Tim Smith's handling of paint is reminiscent of Frank Auerbach - intense, gestural and thickly applied with bold impasto marks and colours. Nature, humanity, textures, patterns and cultural motifs all jostle for space in his work.
A clamorous celebration of all things becomes a simple appreciation of form and colour; the way in which the painterly supersedes the subject evokes also the spirit of Jasper Johns. Smith draws from history, experience, fiction and fantasy to reflect his kaleidoscopic cultural vision.