Oliver Smith

Oliver Smith

Artist, Film-maker, Web developer

Oliver was born in Kent and attended various art institutions including Camberwell College London, he earned a Master’s in Fine Art from Bath Spa University in 2011 graduating with distinction (here is a link to Oliver Smith’s resume).

Now based in Bath, Somerset Oliver spent more than ten years living and working abroad, his life overseas has had a positively profound effect on many aspects of his life and work.

His work has deep links to his childhood, specifically a moment of self discovery when he learnt of mortality and that most of the magic he saw in movies was not real, which meant he was never going to be able to climb walls like Spiderman or fight evil spirits like the Monkey King did in the popular TV show Monkey Magic (uk title).

To Oliver his art has more to do with re-constructing memory and fantasy, and also presents deep contemplation, a preoccupation with thinking and escape. His paintings are a combination of these re-constructions and subjects that continue to fascinate him, specifically the Vietnam War, iconic cinema and cartoons.

“Guns, war, and movies come up a lot in my work, all of which are usually presented in a very uncompromising way. I have a deep obsession with these subjects, they fascinate me and yet terrify at the same time; all deal with pain, suffering and death but also present play, fantasy and detachment from reality. If I could live the rest of my life in a video game or a cartoon I think that would be fine just as long as I could control it all.

My painting represents a kind of adolescent boyish naivety, where I balance out desire and fear, fascination, spectacle, cinema, violence, and pleasure in combinations of psychological highs and lows.

My films suggest memory as the mediator of imagination and the reinvention of reality. The viewer of this work will be confronted by nostalgic incidents, which manifests in us the most dangerous character of indecision; to yield and enjoy, or resist in fear.” Oliver Smith

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Location Bath, South West
Activities Lecturing, Web development, Photographic documentation, Graphic Design, Digital Design, Studio practice
Artforms / type of project Film & Video, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography
Tags urban, spray, contemporary, war, pop, iconography, contemporary, pop, war, icon
Website http://www.oliversmithartist.co.uk