30 x 40 cm | 11 x 15 in
Original painting in oil on canvas.
"I have a fascination with the addictive nature of the games you can download without actually playing them myself. The Tetris watercolours are part of this, but I also like to invent my own ideas for games and Wunderkind Climber forms part of a set of works where I am playing around with these ideas in painting, which is as addictive as any little screen based game. This game would involve crampons."
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.