Approved: 16.08.2006

Andrew Smith

Artist, Maker, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 16.08.2006

Subject of Colour

My work is concerned with themes of shape, surface and scale in relation to the subject of colour. The leading aspect of my pictorial space is the very individual and highly specific structures that represent the driving force of colour as the primary concern of the painting. Working primarily in oils, I construct inherently significant forms that, contrary to the rectangular space,

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  • Location: Harlech, Wales
  • Activities: Higher education, Practice-based research, Residencies, Public art, Studio practice
  • Categories: Project, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Public Art
 
 
 

Biography

Subject of Colour My work is concerned with themes of shape, surface and scale in relation to the subject of colour. The leading aspect of my pictorial space is the very individual and highly specific structures that represent the driving force of colour as the primary concern of the painting. Working primarily in oils, I construct inherently significant forms that, contrary to the rectangular space, allows colour, as the dominant force in painting, to describe form through the dynamic of colour against colour and colour itself defining form and parameter. My exploration of colour has led to working with different media including gouache and screenprint. In considering scale I have worked with public art commissions; first in Cardiff with a large scale exterior colour painting at Splott Bridge. Long Stories for Perm, a project by the Public Art program of Perm Museum of Modern Art, enabled my participation on location in East Russia to implement a 42 section wall painting stretching for nearly 100 metres along Avenue Popova in the city centre. The digital and web based communication of the project within a short space of time enabled a large scale transnational colour painting to be completed within days of the design work being dispatched. Above all, my practice remains primarily studio based exploring the subject of colour in a large light filled space at Harlech, close to Tremadog Bay. Here, making works measuring a few centimetres to over 6 metres, pictorial colour and the possibilities of it being both the subject and the content remains the essential practice.

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions

2012 - EDGE OF COLOUR part 1, Bangor Museum and Art Gallery

2007 - EN ROUTE New paintings with Krakow exhibition selection with ‘Things Which Are’, new art from Poland, Oriel Davies Gallery , Newtown

2006 - En Route: Poland and Wales, Galerie Otwarta Pracownia, Dietla 11, Kazimierz, Krakow 2001 - The Surface of Colour, Amgueddfa Ceredigion Museum, touring 2001 - The Surface of Colour, Deli Art, London

Group exhibitions

2011 - UNEARTHED: Carpenters Road Studios, Insite Arts/Olympic Delivery Authority, East London

2010 - Off Straits: new acrylics on paper with three other artists , Park Arts Centre, Port Adelaide, , South Australia

2009 - LE CHÉILE: Welsh-Irish print collaboration, Graphic Print Studio, Dublin; Rhyl Library and Art Gallery , and touring South Australia with Country Arts SA

2007 - LIMERICK PRINTMAKING OPEN, Limerick, Ireland

2007 - PRINTS OF WALES, Belger Arts Centre, Kansas City, U.S.A

2006 - 2nd International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Shumen, Bulgaria

2006 - AWAY AVAILABLE ART SZTUKA DO KUPIENIA, Krakow, Poland

2004 - 1st Festiwal Sztuk Wizuainych, 1st Festival of Visual Art, Wschod-Zachod-Polnoc-Poludnie, East-West-North-South, Katowice, Silesia, Poland

2004 - Horizon, Haagskunstkring/Icaw, Haagskunstkring, Den Haag, Netherlands

2004 - International Print Biennale, Sophia, Bulgaria 2002 - The Abstract Art Show, Hicklin Slade and Partners, London

2002 - VI Xuntanza Obradoiro - Internacional des Arts Plasticas 'A Aolaina' de Pilono, Museo Municipal de Lalin, Pontevedra

2001 - Counter One, House Gallery, London

2001 - University of Glamorgan Purchase Prize Shortlist Exhibition

International Residencies and Collaboration

2007 – 9 LE CHÉILE: Welsh-Irish collaborative print project

2004 - Identitades, Morelia, Michoácan, México, Centro Cultural Universitario

2003 - Galichnik Art Colony

2003, Galichnik and Skopje, Macedonia

2002 - A Solaina De Piloa Solaina De Piloño 6th Xuntanza Obradoiro Internacional Das Artes Plasticas, Galicia, Spain

Public commission

2013 WAVY BANNERS, ET4U contemporary art, West Jutland, Denmarks

2011 - LONG STORIES FOR PERM: SPEED OF COLOUR, Funded by Public art program of PERMM (Perm museum of modern art) , Perm, Russia

2010 - Splott Railway Bridge Artwork Design, Cardiff City Council, Splott Bridge, Cardiff

2009 - Business Service Centre foyer space, Vale of Glamorgan Council, Innovation Quarter, Barry, Glamorgan, South Wales