Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

Artist, Maker, Lecturer / academic

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.
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Location Harlech, Wales
Activities Higher education, Practice-based research, Residencies, Public art, Studio practice
Artforms / type of project Project, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Public Art