Photo: Oliver Smith in Bath, South West

Oliver Smith

Artist

Guns, war, movies and coffee 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, I'm not sure what the hell I would do without coffee.... 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.

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

 

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Location Bath, South West
Activities Web development
Artforms / type of project Film & Video, Mixed Media, Painting
Tags urban, spray, contemporary, war, pop, iconography, contemporary, pop, war, icon
Website http://www.oliversmith.gallery

News & Events

  • Atkinson Summer Show

    18/07/2014 – 09/08/2014
    Atkinson Summer Show

    My painting Mind Tattoo Series #1 Shogun Betrayal chosen. The Atkinson Gallery is proud to be hosting its 25th Annual Summer Show. The exhibition was open to submissions from across the country.

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