My work presents deep contemplation, and a preoccupation with thinking and escape, paintings are either a combination of reconstructed memory or subjects like the Vietnam War, cinema, and cartoons which continue to completely and utterly fascinate me.
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 and yet also present an element of play, fantasy, and detachment from reality.
Where my paintings represent a kind of adolescent boyish naivety, where I balance out desire and fear, fascination, spectacle, cinema, violence, and pleasure, there is a strong theme in my films that suggests memory is the mediator of imagination and the reinvention of reality.
The viewer of this contemplative 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.
CV & Education
Oliver Smith | Visual Artist C.V.
International based fellowship or residency.
MFA (2011) Bath School of Art and Design, Sion Hill, Bath, Somerset.
Specialization: Combined Media Installation.
BFA (1999) UAL Camberwell College London / UCA School of Fine Art, Farnham, Surrey.
Specializations: Film and Video, Combined Media.
Advance GNVQ Fine Art (1997) Kent Institute of Art and Design. Dover, Kent.
Specializations: Painting, Combined Media.
2014 - Wells Art Contemporary Open. Wells and Mendip Museum, Somerset.
2014 - 25th Summer Show. Atkinson Gallery, Millfield, Somerset.
2011 - Open. Millington Marriott – New Gallery London, Peckham, London.
2011 - Square Eyes. CAZ Project Space, Cornwall.
2011 – MFA Graduation Show. Bath School of Art and Design, Sion Hill, Bath, Somerset.
2010 – Solo Exhibition. Budo Centre, Kyoto, Japan.
2007 – Solo Exhibition. Huashan Culture Park, Taipei, Taiwan.
2006 – Solo Exhibition. Huashan Culture Park, Taipei, Taiwan.
Continuing Professional Practice
2011 – Presentation of work to the faculty and students of Marlborough College, Marlborough.
2010 – Lecture on “Developing Professional Practice within Fine Art”. Bath Spa University.
2011 – Presentation on “Establishing a Contextual Framework within Fine Art”. Bath Spa University.
2011 – Lecture on “Re-establishing Studio Practice”. Bath Spa University.